Though third-party console exclusives are an endangered species, first-party games remain in fairly abundant supply. One of the best-regarded PlayStation 3-only games is Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, developed by Crash Bandicoot studio Naughty Dog. After receiving solid reviews in 2007, the game sold 507,000-plus copies on Sony's console in the US, according to the NPD Group--an impressive feat, given that publishers tout multiplatform titles which sell 1 million units worldwide as smash hits.
Indeed, Uncharted's sales came in spite of the third-place installed base of the PS3, which took the bronze again in October US sales, according to the NPD Group. The game is also included in the recently launched 160GB PS3 bundle.
[UPDATE] Internationally, Uncharted sold 2 million units, according to figures supplied by Sony. No surprise, then, that it is getting the sequel treatment. Today, two sources revealed new details about the Tomb Raider-esque archeological action adventure's follow-up, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Game Informer teased its January edition, which will feature the game as its cover story. According to the Minnesota-based magazine, which is owned and published by retailer GameStop, the sequel will be an all-new adventure focused on 13th-century Venetian explorer Marco Polo.
Polo became famous for his books recounting his travels across central Asia and his time in the Beijing court of Mongol emperor Kublai Khan. The explorer's route might explain the snowy setting for Uncharted 2, a teaser trailer for which has appeared on GameTrailers. The 30-second cinematic shows now-series-hero Nathan Drake, bloodied and exhausted, wading through snow on a mountainside to recover a mysterious dagger. The original Uncharted featured a tropical locale.
According to the teaser, a "world premiere" for Uncharted 2: Among Thieves will be staged during the 2008 SpikeTV Video Game Awards. The awards will be broadcast on Sunday, December 14, at 9 p.m. EST/PST. The ceremony will also sport the first footage from Fight Night Round 4 from Electronic Arts.