Box Art and More Deets and Screens for Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

(click on that image for a larger version)

This morning Entertainment Weekly gave us the first official word on Uncharted 3. It was exciting. But they didn’t tell us or show us everything there is to say and see today in regards to the game. Naughty Dog’s Arne Meyer took to the Playstation Blog to show us a couple extra screens (the same scene from different angles, basically) and to provide us with a few extra details on what’s in store. Strap in, because this will be a beefier-than-usual post.

First, we have a nice, clean plot synopsis:

In his search for the fabled “Atlantis of the Sands,” Nathan Drake and longtime friend and mentor Victor Sullivan set off on a daring trek into the heart of the Arabian Desert. But when terrible secrets of this lost city are uncovered, their journey becomes a desperate bid for survival that will force Drake to confront his deepest fears.

Meyer, on multiplayer:

Competitive and co-op multiplayer will return as a key ingredient to the UNCHARTED 3 package, where all of the new features we have planned will combine with our signature single-player cinematic gameplay to create a unique action-adventure multiplayer experience that can only be found in the UNCHARTED universe.

Then he goes on to say the game will be in 3D (of course), and that the December 17 issue of EW — otherwise known as the issue that will arrive in your mailbox tomorrow — will have some “glorious” screens, including the one at the top of the page, along with a lot more info. Oh, and he also reposted the teaser EW had, which I have helpfully embedded at the end of this post.

Wait, we’re not done.

A new game announcement means retailers are listing the game for pre-order, and there are some interesting things in the listings. The first interesting thing is box art. I have no idea how official this is, but they all seem to have posted the same box art, and it looks pretty good, even if the image is just zoomed in from that large screen at the top of this post, so…. who the f–k knows. But yeah, here it is (click on it for a mega-sized version:

The product description, too, is intriguing but vague. Two sentences stand out:

Nathan Drake’s journey will put you through new challenges and take you to stunning locations around the world, from a derelict chateau in France, to the merciless Arabian Dessert.

A new breed of Action Adventure Multiplayer that brings the exciting cinematic elements of the single-player campaign, into the multiplayer.

I don’t know what that implies, really, but it sounds really neat.

One more thing. Jimmy Fallon tweeted that there will be a live demo of Uncharted 3 on his show on Monday, December 13.

And that’s what we have right now. Stand by, at least until the VGAs on Saturday. And, as promised, here’s that embedded teaser.

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