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Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Interview

PlayStation 3 Interview by Robert Purchese

16 October, 2009

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We don't normally interview developers the day their game comes out. And to be fair, we didn't exactly speak to Naughty Dog just now - we've been sitting on this for a couple of weeks. But we did speak to them after we'd made up our minds and given Uncharted 2: Among Thieves a honking 10/10 review.

With that in mind, we focused on the decisions behind particular scenes, casting, and anecdotes about the game's development. There are some extremely minor spoilers beyond, but nothing you'll remember as you pelt through the game this weekend. So, if that sounds good to you, read on to see what lead multiplayer designer Justin Richmond and community manager Arne Meyer have to say for themselves.

Eurogamer: The story of Uncharted 2 is based on what might have happened during Marco Polo's journey home from China. Why did you pick that, and why settle on Shambhala as the game's big mystery?

Arne Meyer: The project is very collaborative. We do a lot of reading and watch a lot of movies and really try to see what sort of historical events can we use as a platform for our story, because our story, although fictional, is based on real-world events.

So we were brainstorming what sort of things we could use as a platform, and one of the things that came up was Marco Polo, because he kept incredibly detailed diaries and journals of his adventures in East Asia, and there was one particular area where he didn't document what was going on, and that was what happened to the ships on his journey back to Europe - he started with 13 and came back with one.

He never explained what happened, it's a great mystery and it just kind of resonated with us in terms of where we wanted to go next.

'Uncharted 2: Among Thieves' Screenshot drakeold

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. Old.

Eurogamer: Which other stories did you look at for Uncharted 2?

Justin Richmond: I don't think we can tell you because there's a good chance we might use some of them in the future.

Eurogamer: Uncharted 2 has lots of new characters, most notably Chloe Frazer. What's her background and what's the journey that she's on?

Justin Richmond: From the beginning we always wanted - I know Amy [Hennig, game director] wanted - Chloe to be a foil for showing not only what Drake could have been if was a little bit darker, but also to play off Elena, because Elena's the good girl that does the right thing all the time, and the more heroic version of what Drake could be.

But there was never that other side of Drake, which we really wanted to show in this game and it was important for Amy to show that this whole world of treasure hunters is a little seedy, and so we needed a character that was believable and funny, but a little bit darker than Drake and was going to push the boundaries on what was acceptable and what was not.

As far as what her actual backstory is: I'm not sure we can talk about that much.

Eurogamer: So Chloe was brought in to help show another side to Drake. Is that going to be a trend when introducing new characters - that they help shine a different light on our hero?

Arne Meyer: Well, this game was really important for us to really delve deeper into what Drake's personality is. And one of the best ways to do that is to show what kind of personal issues he has, how he acts on those and how he reacts to other people's independent personalities.

That's part of the reason the cast of characters grew, so that we could introduce people he couldn't trust at all, or people he has to trust implicitly like Temzin who doesn't speak English, so they have to trust each other. And then how he's like with old friends and how he's like with colleagues that he has a past with but he's not sure what the future holds.

Justin Richmond: I don't think there's a limit on what the cast can be. I think we'll grow in whichever way the story goes that we're telling; if it's 100 people then it's 100 people, but I don't think it's ever going to get that big, and I don't think we're ever going to limit ourselves based on that kind of thing. It's always going to be about the story that we're trying to tell and the number of people that we can tell it with.

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Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. New.

Eurogamer: Another new character, Harry Flynn, also appears to have a colourful history with Drake. Can you shed some light on that?

Justin Richmond: The big thing that we revealed in this game was that Drake tried to break into this museum before and everybody else had gotten killed. Basically, with Flynn, we wanted to hint at what their relationship was but not give it away.

Arne Meyer: Really the point was - and it's the same thing with Chloe - that we're trying to explore the darker area of Drake and that he came up from this underworld and had clearly worked in this underworld. So it's who his colleagues were at that point, and that's really what his relationship [with Flynn] is: he had a relationship with these people at time when he was doing things that were a lot more evil than we know him as.

Justin Richmond: Flynn is what Drake would have been if he'd gone another way, right? Flynn is...

Arne Meyer: About greed, about the money.

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RandomTerrain
16/10/09 @ 10:03
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Good reading. I can't wait to play this game. :o)
cianchristopher
16/10/09 @ 10:18
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Getting this today, can't wait!
Moonprince
16/10/09 @ 10:24
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Game is awesome!
Bertie [staff]
16/10/09 @ 10:29
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Sounds like a brilliant place to work. Obviously I'll have to evolve my stick drawings into something that resembles a picture first.
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16/10/09 @ 10:31
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Just keep making more Uncharted games, I don't see how I could possibly get bored of them.
Gaol
16/10/09 @ 10:34
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SPOILERS!

I'll read this later :p
JohnnyWashnGo
16/10/09 @ 10:40
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They sound justifiably proud of their achievement with Uncharted 2. I hope they get to take a nice long vacation and get some good ideas for the 3rd game.
RedPanda
16/10/09 @ 10:41
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Really interesting interview :)
freakzilla
16/10/09 @ 10:42
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Damn it! I still haven't got the game. I can't even read the article T.T
Bigglesworth
16/10/09 @ 10:50
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Just read it you muppets! There're far less spoilers here than you'd find in a TV guide =)
Bertie [staff]
16/10/09 @ 10:51
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You should have seen the spoilers before Tom cut them out! He's nice; I'm not.
designerheadache
16/10/09 @ 10:54
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I am deliberately avoiding reading this incase i spoil the game.

While i appreciate this kind of interview, i kind of feel it might have been better to sit on it for a week or two, rather than chuck it out on release day and spoil it for everyone.
Bertie [staff]
16/10/09 @ 10:57
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The spoilers really are minimal. I haven't played the game and even with the beefier spoilers in I didn't feel as if anything had been divulged or spilled that would ruin my enjoyment. And they've been removed. I think you can quite safely read this now :)
Artemus
16/10/09 @ 10:58
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Good interview. Well done Naughty Dog.

I doubt anything else will touch it for my GOTY 2009. It's one of those games that you just can't put down. And when it's over you are sad because you know it will be a long while before anything else this good comes along.
Artemis_Matsas
16/10/09 @ 11:12
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The game is brilliant. got it yesterday (American import).

My only gripe is that the platforming still can be a pain in the ass at some points. When you get to a certain jump in the first train sequence, you'll remember my words!
INSOMANiAC
16/10/09 @ 11:14
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Got the game this morning, just on chapter 4 and loving it ! Best game on the ps3.
designerheadache
16/10/09 @ 11:16
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@Artemus

Currently my GOTY is Demons Souls, i am expecting great things from Uncharted 2 not sure if its going to top such a staggering game, but i cant wait to see!
JDub
16/10/09 @ 11:23
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Where's my delivery?!?!?
darren1976
16/10/09 @ 11:32
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Great article! Have a 360 (which I love) but this game more than any other makes me want a PS3 too!
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16/10/09 @ 11:50
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picking the special edition up tonight - played through the first for the first time a few weeks back and loved it - can't wait to see what they've done with this now.
Artemus
16/10/09 @ 11:52
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@chukcyQ

Sounds like you only played the first 10 minutes then...
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16/10/09 @ 12:12
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@designerheadache

I agree, Don't think anything will top Demons Souls for a long time. However this is the second best game on the PS3 I have played so far.

I hope Dragon Age is also going to be good, that would round the year off nicely.
Gaol
16/10/09 @ 12:38
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@Bertie

I'm sure the article is quite safe but I'm trying to keep my knowledge of the plot as close to zero as possible :)
Zebula77
16/10/09 @ 12:40
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I like how they seem open as far as sharing stuff with other devs goes. That's a good attiduted I think. It can only make more games better in the long run.

Altho I'd love another Uncharted game I can't see how they'd improve it. The game is absolutely perfect. ;D

- another Jak adventure (in the vein of the original Jak & Daxter) would be most welcome, though. I always preferred Jak to Ratchet.
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16/10/09 @ 12:41
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Fantastic game. Can't put it down, even though I'd wish I could play it less so that it will last longer...
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16/10/09 @ 12:46
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There's been two games this year that have really impressed me. The first was Batman: Arkham Asylum from a couple of months back and the second is this game: Uncharted 2. If I had to pick between them for Game of the Year then the latter would win by a comfortable margin.

It's funny really, Uncharted 2 doesn't really do anything original or unique, there's nothing in there gameplay wise you won't have seen somewhere else for example, but everything it does do it does exceptionally well. It's professionally made, beautifully presented, it's fun, it's addictive, basically it's everything I want from a videogame. The icing on the cake is the terrific story and superb voice-acting; if there's a game out there with more believable, emotive characters then I certainkly don't know about it. Uncharted 2 is, quite simply, a masterpiece (as cliched as that might sound).
EarlBassett
16/10/09 @ 13:11
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Where's the cheapest place to get it on the high street / supermarkets?
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16/10/09 @ 13:14
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@Darren

Could not have said better myself. My sentiments exactly.
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16/10/09 @ 13:40
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Yep it definitely proves that you dont always have to be original or innovative to make a great game. I remember thinking how solid the controls were in the first game, Drake moves and jumps where you want him to, theres no frustration, even on higher difficulties.

Got the game yesterday and am blown away, hated having to turn it off and hate that im at work today.
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16/10/09 @ 14:01
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I've got the same sort of feel-good feeling about this game that I had when the first Indiana Jones film came out. The setting(s); the characters, the story (what little of it I've allowed myself to read). Alas - I have no PS3 on which I could play it :'(
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Had it for a few days and it is amazing. Im only doing a chapter a day so I can prolong it. I dont want to finish it in a day so after 4 days im on chapter 4. I did similar with the first one and it made it greater for me. More value for money (especially as I wont be touching the multiplayer crap)
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I was going to wait until I'd finished with Dirt2 (and made some serious inroads into Killzone 2 which I've played like 8% of) before picking this up, but I've changed my mind. The reviews... but mainly the rabid EG feedback from so many regular posters. I'm going to pick it up at the weekend.
Paulie_P
16/10/09 @ 14:29
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It arrived for me on Wednesday and so far it's been amazing.

Have no idea what chuckq is on about.

Also @Artemis_Matsas :
I don't know what jump you're talking about!

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SteelPriest
16/10/09 @ 15:00
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Just completed it - i loved the first one but this is better in EVERY way.
Bremenacht
16/10/09 @ 15:36
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Gee - the karma nazis are very active today.
Artemis_Matsas
16/10/09 @ 16:47
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@Paulie_P

Careful, minor spoilers ahead

In the train section, just after Drake regains his senses from the explosion in the wagon. Drake has to jump to the opposite wagon. I died there about 10 times trying to make the jump. Actually i talked with my brother earlier and he told me that he didn't had any problems there... maybe it's just me (cut an old man some slack :P)
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thanks for the interview, it has to serve as my dose of UC2 for today and it does a good job at it. Cant wait for more. More content for UC2, cant wait for palying UC1 finaly (got PS3 a month ago) and cant wait for next UC game. Maybe some kind of the darker prequel? Pretty please?
captainrentboy
16/10/09 @ 17:16
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I've been playing this for about 4 hours in work, and as much as it hurts my Microsoft loving bones to say it, it's probably the best game I've played for a very loooong time. Awesome graphics, voice acting, and animation, bloody lovely so far.
Drake is one clumsy mother fucker though, forever walking into huge explosions and swinging about breaking signs and pipes that he's clambering over, bit of an oaf really. :)
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16/10/09 @ 17:31
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This game is as good as all the reviewers are claiming it is. It plays briliantly, looks the part, and there is a great story as well. It shows what the PS3 is capable of, and it's a throw back to when gaming was about having fun, not pixel counting and banging on about resolution upsclaing and all that crap.

If you don't own it yet, you owe it to yourself to play this game.
El-Dev
16/10/09 @ 17:55
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Up to the ice caves now, great game. Can't recommend it enough.
septimus
16/10/09 @ 21:11
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My game of the year with out a doubt. Don't think even Modern Warfare 2 will beat this. It just 'feels' so good to play.
Nephirion
17/10/09 @ 00:55
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I have both systems and the 360 has nothing exclusive that can touch this at moment
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17/10/09 @ 16:02
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Quite a few hours into this now... and utterly stunned. Definitely in the top 3 best games I have EVER played. Flow and pacing are spot on, characters are involving and the combat flow is excellent, even the hand to hand is great. Hand to hand combat was hit and miss in the first one to the point of being... pointless I guess.
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17/10/09 @ 18:20
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Starting it 2nite, as soon as the brats are in bed :)
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18/10/09 @ 16:56
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''My favourite set-up is when you get to the... [I'm protecting you from spoilers again - Ed] and you come to this area and the bad guys are ahead of you and in place, but they don't know you're coming, and you can stealth your way through this whole bit. Probably 15 minutes of gameplay.''

Which part was on he on about?

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