Naughty Dog have released quite a bit of details on Uncharted 3's multiplayer experience, again stressing that the new system will give players plenty of flexibility in terms of both aesthetics and gameplay.
Some of the brand new features include split-screen, complete with support for dual PSN sign-ins where most other split-screen modes only allow for a guest to join in on the action. Game director Justin Richmond notes that it is especially because of UC3's 3D implementation that split-screen is possible.
"There are a number of ways to implement 3D; some are more 'fake' than others," explained Richmond. "We committed to using 3D early on, and we wanted to do it as real as possible because it allowed for splitscreen. 3D and splitscreen are kind of the same thing because the game is basically rendering each frame twice. As soon as we figured out how to do that with 3D, we knew we could handle splitscreen. Now, I am grossly oversimplifying that "” the programmers would kill me for saying it was that easy! But basically, our 3D implementation allowed for splitscreen support."
In addition, game designer Robert Cogburn also pointed out that every level in UC3's multiplayer will have some form of dynamic events. Surprised by how well the event on Uncharted 2's Trainwreck level, where a cargo train fell off the side of a cliff to reveal an RPG, "resonated" with players, the team "decided to swing for the fences and go as epic as [they] can," adding events like the Airfield's truck chase and the Chateau's fire.
It looks like the treasure system has been expanded as well. Players can collect Treasure Pieces to form Sets which will unlock new gear and customization options. Cogburn noted that even more Treasures can be added later with the new system.
Other features include attacking while climbing, you can now kick the guy off the wall right next to you, giving you a fighting chance rather than be the next Fly on the Wall. UC3 also supports Facebook/YouTube connectivity, where you can connect with your friends online, upload your game sessions and share them with said friends.
The beta kicks off on June 28 for players with a code from inFamous 2 and PlayStation Plus subscribers. Everyone else gets in on July 4. The beta will run until July 13. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception hits stores on November 1, 2011.
Source: PlayStation Blog