Nathan Drake fans had better make the most of the storyline of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception for the Sony PlayStation 3 when it releases in a few weeks, as developer Naughty Dog has announced that there will be no post-release downloadable content for the game's single-player mode. Instead the company plans to focus on DLC for multiplayer modes: more maps, more character skins, etc. Eurogamer has the news.
"There's a very specific reason," game director Justin Richmond told Eurogamer. "Whenever we sit down and think we should do some single-player DLC, someone pitches something and we realize - that's a five hour level."
"Dialling back our ambition is difficult," admitted Naughty Dog community strategist Arne Meyer.
"We'd rather build out another game than we would do episodic content," Richmond continued. "We're so small that we can't afford to have a whole team working on DLC."
While disappointing, this decision works in my favor. I would have gladly paid for more single-player material, but my interest in multiplayer is fleeting at best. I kick the tires on deathmatch modes and co-op with friends will keep my interest for a week or so, but after that I have no desire to be constantly gunned down by random Internet people who have all day and all night to level up and refine their skills. I've been playing the Uncharted 3 multiplayer mode unlocked by the Subway promotion and despite getting in on the action a few days after the game became available, everyone that I encounter has already reached the maximum level while I'm still at Level 2. I don't have the time or the patience to build my own skills against a team of players that kill me dead in one shot every time I respawn, so what's my incentive to continue on? I play games like Uncharted for the story, so without more of that story to come through DLC, I'll be finished and ready to move on after completing the single-player mode and wearing out interest in co-op mode.