Thanks to the hackers that took out the PlayStation Network earlier in April this year, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception will be shipping with a LAN mode, letting fans play together in a local setting. Game director Justin Richmond revealed to IndustryGamers that due to the black out, the Dogs had to figure out a way to keep testing the game, thus they set forth and created a LAN feature.
"As a developer, one of the things is, you want to keep playing the game. And so, actually, one of the positive outshoots from [the PSN hack] was that we got LAN. So our programmers sat down and said, "OK, how can we continue to work?" And so they hooked up the LAN gameplay mode and now we're shipping with that. So lemons to lemonade," Richmond said.
Richmond then notes that it's "always hard" when it comes to issues like the PSN attack. "Big companies are always going to be big targets. I think it's a tricky thing to keep everybody safe and at the same time, have it be open,"
"I think Sony did a pretty good job with it, honestly, and I think the press conference hit exactly the right tone, saying, 'Look. We get it. We understand why people are upset. Here are the games. Here's why you should come back to us. We're doing all these things to try to make it better.' And I think they will. Sony's been a great partner for us and they've always sort of supported the community as best they possibly can. I think they'll continue to do that."
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception hits stores this November 1 exclusively on the PS3.