Uncharted 3 free-to-play client sees 350,000 downloads

Stand-alone multiplayer client reaches download milestone in under a month; new DLC to be available every month through June.

The Uncharted 3 free-to-play multiplayer client has been downloaded more than 350,000 times since launch late last month, Naughty Dog announced today through the PlayStation Blog.

The free-to-play version of Uncharted 3 multiplayer launched February 26, allowing gamers to play to level 15 for free. After that, gamers must pay $5 to raise the cap to 25 or $20 to remove the level cap altogether. Players can also spend money on a variety of items and map packs.

Naughty Dog did not divulge any information regarding how much revenue the 350,000 new Uncharted 3 players have brought in.

To support the Uncharted 3 free-to-play client, Naughty Dog announced today that it will release new paid downloadable content for the game every month through June 2013. This begins today with Oddball-themed character parts, which are based on the unofficial March 20 "Extraterrestrial Abductions Day."

A full list of all paid Oddball-related items is available at the Uncharted 3 free-to-play page.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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68 comments
EPaul
EPaul

I can't believe people are bitching about this,saying naughty dog is greedy. They let you play the multi-player of UC3 for free up to level 15. Even if you reach level 15  you can still play indefinitely but without levelling  And you can pay to unlock levelling and weapons and items that doesn't sound to bad too me. 

Adavanter
Adavanter

Just announce Uncharted 4 at E3 so I can buy PS4 guilt free!

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

this is the reason I replay UC3 multiplayer because the crowd is getting more and more than before... 

pulamata
pulamata

ive been reading the comments and a lot dont like the multiplayer of UC3 and they all have their reasons but the truth is you dont like it coz you SUCKKKKKKKKKKK at it! 

kratospete
kratospete

free dlc...yes...paid dlc "a grenade is coming"..Katherine MArlowe says: "oh no"

blitxxx1981
blitxxx1981

So what? Tomb Raider (2013) included FREE multiplayer from the beginning without restrictions... And it is not bad either ;)

victorlamy
victorlamy

so is it like that "free" kz3 where you can't even play after level x? or do you just not rank up?

Karmazyn
Karmazyn

I love Uncharted series but I do not like multiplayer too much, maybe because  I am pretty average in it I do not know, I just dont dig it.

GrayF0X786
GrayF0X786

i was first so happy when they announced this, then i found out it has a level cap.

DESTROYRS_F8
DESTROYRS_F8

I still play this game sometimes and it was worth the season pass since they gave so much.  It's good to see its going free-to-play since its such a fun game to play.  Sorry GoW, I still love you but this game plays alot better.

keysnsamples
keysnsamples

Its FREE. You choose to pay or not. Quit complaining, dear god.

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

I sure hope none of those people actually purchased any of those greedy micro-transactions. I know many people downloaded it simply for that one stupid online trophy to get their platinum, which they should have had long ago if they had not included a greedy online pass.

Hurvl
Hurvl

"Naughty Dog did not divulge any information regarding how much revenue the 350,000 new Uncharted 3 players have brought in." Companies rarely do that, because often those numbers don't look as impressive I'd wager.

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

Oh wait, so it's not really free. It's just a trial.

leandrro
leandrro

1 hole month to reach 0,35M giving it for free while tomb raider multiplayer reached 2M in 2 days all payed??????

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

this is fucking idiotic 

the "goty" edition cost about 25$ so if someone just wants to play the overly unbalanced multiplayer he needs to pay the same price??? 

fuck naughty dog! 

almost every game company just degrades to greed 

well.. their games are not that amazing anyway so no loss for me 

but this is really sad, only FROM SOFTWARE and CD PROJEKT RED left 

is the gaming industry Beginning  to fade?

ailecks
ailecks

After the goty edition they release more dlc? lame..So will there be a goty2 edition,? and nobody seems to care they've added pay to win hats with stats and other microtransactions

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

Its free to play, obviously free to download. But I am more interested how much money people are spending on it, I for once will never ever approve of this.

SergioMX
SergioMX

Still haven't gotten into the UC series, but never thought people would actually enjoy the multiplayer, from what I've seen, it looks very generic. Gonna have to buy those games soon.

Mrod1212
Mrod1212

UC2 was ruined for me with the flurry of patches they released. I tried this and had some fun with it.

mtnjak
mtnjak

Am I the only one who goes thru a single player game campaign and never plays online?

wdma
wdma

Uncharted 3 <3

Incubus420
Incubus420

ain't nothing wrong with rewarding the gamers on a budget.  Think I might fire up my uncharted 3 multiplayer again; but I just can't seem to pull my hands away from Metal Gear Rising Revengance. Gameplay is super fun.

Renegade__angel
Renegade__angel

I feel bad for F2P players. Someone like me who has had the game since launch and leveled all the boosters to gold and everything, I just destroy them. And I'm one of many who are in that situation. There needs to be less restrictions. As someone who bought the collectors edition, I would not feel betrayed at the slightest if the full multiplayer was entirely F2P. It's really a great multiplayer, I just don't think you'll get to experience it as a free player. I apologize for that on behalf of NaughtyDog, who sometimes decides to wear their ass on their head.

Rheinmetal
Rheinmetal

@EPaul I have this crazy idea: Naughty Dog to offer free MP mode without restrictions, (as it was the case with hundreds of games until recently) How about that?

WildEast
WildEast

@blitxxx1981 What are you talking about? Free to play multiplayer means you download and play the multiplayer part of the game for free, not buy the game and play the multiplayer for free lol!

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

@keysnsamples looks like someone can't read 

"allowing gamers to play to level 15 for free. After that, gamers must pay $5 to raise the cap to 25 or $20 to remove the level cap altogether. Players can also spend money on a variety of items and map packs." 

if you can't read words then go back to preschool

DESTROYRS_F8
DESTROYRS_F8

@Mr_Big_Boss unfortunately, they have to go down the micro-transaction route.  and as for the trophy system crap, they did the same as Halo did with their achievements.  But their online pass was way worth it than in CoD.  

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

@Hurvl I don't get it. If it's free, what revenues would they receive?

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

@leandrro Tomb Raider is a brand new game. Uncharted is just the free version of a game that has already sold millions.

Elann2008
Elann2008

@thequickshooter 

The future is leaning more towards DLC, microtransactions, free to play games and charge to unlock stuff that already should be there, plus other misc items that cost $$$.  

What pisses me off the most are video games being designed around microtransaction like Dead Space 3.  It degrades the quality of the game, and its design.

robram9
robram9

@thequickshooter 

I got the GOTY edition off ebay for 12.99 with free shipping, now that's a good deal...

BoozerX
BoozerX

@mtnjak I have the game and played twice, is fun but I found online shooters borings. Jumping and shooting all the time and nothing more.

Mrod1212
Mrod1212

@mtnjak I rather play Single player as well, but I will give any mp a chance once in a while.

SergioMX
SergioMX

@mtnjak Nope, if it's story driven I never touch online, I'll go through the story twice  before I even have the incentive. Though Assassins's Creed has been pretty good in multiplayer, I'd say better than the singleplayer in 3 honestly.

EPaul
EPaul

@Rheinmetal 

Free to Play is a common occurrence on PC not on consoles, this has just recently started on consoles with Killzone 3. Uncharted 3 is a AAA console game , tell me which AAA console game has made it's entire multplayer available for free? That is like Gears or Halo making it's multi-player is available on Live for free. Console    Studios do not normally do this, so when a console developer makes it multiplayer available for free albeit restricted i don't really mind

keysnsamples
keysnsamples

@thequickshooter @keysnsamples

You both are idiots.

"
The free-to-play version of Uncharted 3 multiplayer launched February 26, allowing gamers to play to level 15 for free"


That means if you want to RAISE the level cap, you must pay. NOT to keep playing, but the fact that you will be stuck at level 15.

Learn what free to play means,  if you want certain features (like in this case, leveling up) then you must pay. Hence the title of this article FREE TO PLAY client.


Here is an article from Sony's site and the exact quote where I got my information. 

"Once you download the Free-to-Play game from the PS Store you can hop online and play for as long as you want, as much as you want, up to Level 15. Upon reaching Level 15, you’re welcome to continue to play as long as you want without paying a penny more. We’ll continue to track your earned experience points as you play, although you won’t be able to unlock or access them. However should you choose to unlock the level cap, we’ll retroactively apply those achievements to your profile and we’ll continue to allow you to build up your profile right from where the Level 15 cap stops you. Although if you choose not unlock the level cap or purchase anything you’ll be missing out on a slew of cool in-game items and downloadable content we have made for the game to date. Here’s a rundown of what you can unlock:"


http://blog.us.playstation.com/2013/02/26/uncharted-3-multiplayer-goes-free-to-play-today/


Have a good day and use the search button every once and awhile so you don't make an ass of yourself.

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

@xsonicchaos @Hurvl There is a ton of weapons and skins you can purchase, plus the greedy prices to unlock the full multiplayer.

leandrro
leandrro

@Mr_Big_Boss @leandrro i already knew that tomb raider multiplayer beated in 2 days the hole first week of uncharted 3 in single player + multiplayer, but i'd expect more from a super sucessfull franshise giveaway

mtnjak
mtnjak

@BoozerX @mtnjak Yes, running around aimlessly in circles, shooting anything that moves.  Maybe If I had friends that I played with, on a team, with an actual objective.  But I don't have friends that play and playing online with people I don't know just isn't appealing to me.

keysnsamples
keysnsamples

@thequickshooter @keysnsamples 

Pay 2 Win? The money you put into "win" could have been spent to actually BUY the game. Stop being a cheap ass and support the gaming industry. You are a moron if you think the people who didn't pay anything should have the same content as people who spent their hard earned cash to support the game.

I'm not a fan boy, I don't even own a PS3 and actually have never even played the Uncharted series. Lmao. Just pointing out that YOU are a moron for saying a game isn't FREE to PLAY, then you try and prove you are right by copying and pasting 3 sentences out of context of the article.

It's no different than playing a demo. So sick of people bitching about games being too expensive, then when a f2p model comes out everyone bitches cause their cheap asses want everything that the person who paid money has. 


NEWS FLASH YOU CAN'T HAVE EVERYTHING YOU WANT FOR FREE YOU HAVE TO PAY MONEY. GET A JOB AND GROW THE FUCK UP.


/rant

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

@keysnsamples @thequickshooter 

i'm sorry sir but i fear you suffer a heavy case of 

retardation 

dude nobody what's to play with the crappy guns and crappy perks 

it's like you justify their pay2win formula 

you sir can need to grow some balls or better yet 

stop being such a retarded fanboy 

Hurvl
Hurvl

@mtnjak I don't have any gamer friends either, but I don't like the concept of multiplayer anyway so no loss. Singleplayer games with lots of additional content because of mods, oh, that's the good stuff.