Uncharted 4 game director leaves Naughty Dog for Riot Games

Uncharted 4 game director Justin Richmond told IGN today that he left Naughty Dog and will join League of Legends developer Riot Games. "I love the company and the people and know that they will continue to create awesome games going forward," Richmond said of Naughty Dog. "On a happier note, after careful consideration and exploration I have joined Riot Games. There is some really innovative stuff going on here that I can't wait to be a part of." Richmond previously worked on Naughty Dog titles like Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. His departure comes in the wake of the Uncharted series' creative director Amy Hennig leaving the studio under circumstances that have not yet been publicly revealed. Uncharted 4 was announced in November of 2013 on the eve...


Uncharted creative director Amy Hennig departs Naughty Dog (update)

Uncharted series creative director and writer Amy Hennig has left Naughty Dog after 10 years with the developer, IGN reports. Citing numerous "trusted sources" close to Naughty Dog, IGN reports that Hennig was writing and leading the development of the next instalment of the Uncharted series for PlayStation 4 before her final day with the developer on March 3. According to IGN, sources claim the creative director was "forced out" of the company. Hennig departs the studio after a decade, working as creative director and writer on Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. She won the Writers Guild of America's Outstanding Achievement in Writing for Video Games in 2012 for her work on Uncharted 3. Fortune Magazine recently listed Hennig...


WGA Videogame Writing Award nominations include Assassin's Creed 4 and The Last of Us

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, God of War: Ascension,The Last of Us and Lost Planet 3 are nominated for the Writers Guild of America Videogame Writing Award, the organization announced today. Story writers and scriptwriters Darby McDevitt, Mustapha Mahrach, Jean Guesdon, Jill Murray, Nicholas Grimwood and Mark Llabres Hill are nominated for Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag. Warner Bros. Interactive's narrative director Dooma Wendschuh, senior narrative designer Ryan Galletta and writer Corey May are up to receive the award for Batman: Arkham Origins. Sony Computer Entertainment writers Marianne Krawczyk and Ariel Lawrence are nominated for their work on God of War: Ascension. Writer Neil Druckmann is up for Sony's The Last of Us. Head writer Richard Gaubert, along with writers Orion...


Nathan Drake action figure looks ready for climbing, combat

Sideshow Collectibles' upcoming action figure version of Uncharted's Nathan Drake looks like he's ready to climb and fight his way through the real world. Based on Drake's model from Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, the $159.99 figure stands 12 inches tall and weighs in at two pounds. It's expected to ship (for an additional $10) in August 2014. A 16.5-inch, Premium Format Drake figure is set for release in January 2014 for $349.99. Last year, Sideshow created a 22-in Diablo statue. You can check out other collectibles in the Sixth Scale Figures series, including Cobra Commander, General Grevious and RoboCop, at Sideshow Collectibles' official website.


All Uncharted 3 multiplayer maps released for free

To celebrate the second anniversary of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception's release on PlayStation 3, developer Naughty Dog is releasing all of the game's multiplayer maps — including a brand new map, Dry Dock — for free. Players can download the Flashback Map Pack 1, Flashback Map Pack 2 and Drake's Deception Map Pack from Uncharted 3's in-game store and enjoy Dry Docks in all competitive playlists and custom games, Naughty Dog wrote on its official blog. The release hits alongside a new patch, bringing Uncharted 3 to version 1.18, that brings extensive balance changes, gameplay tweaks and map adjustments. A full list of changes, which Naughty Dog says rivals Uncharted 3's massive 1.13 patch is available at the developer's website.


Amazon Gold Box includes Uncharted 3 320 GB PS3 bundle, Ni no Kuni

Today's Amazon Gold Box is all about video games, with the Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception 320 GB PlayStation 3 bundle on sale all day and new Lightning Deals every few hours. The PS3 package regularly costs $299.99, but is available for $250 today. A couple of the Lightning Deals have already expired, but as far as we can tell from Amazon's descriptions, here's what's coming for the rest of the day: 10 a.m. ET: "I'm not saying that I'm Batman, but no one has ever seen us in the same room together." (a Batman game) 1 p.m. ET: "Meet zombies on this tropical island" (Dead Island or Dead Island: Riptide) 3 p.m. ET: "Hit this deal out of the park!" (Major League Baseball 2K13 or MLB 13 The Show or Out of the Park Baseball 13) 5 p.m. ET: "Hakuoki: Warriors of the Shinsengumi for the PSP...


PlayStation Plus Instant Collection gets LittleBigPlanet Karting, Uncharted 3 and XCOM: Enemy Unknown June 11

PlayStation Plus members will be able to download LittleBigPlanet Karting, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception and XCOM: Enemy Unknown free through the service June 11, Sony announced today. Both LittleBigPlanetKarting and XCOM: Enemy Unknown will sell for $39.99 this month for non-PS Plus subscribers. Earlier this week, Sony announced that Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Machinarium, Orc Attack, Saints Row: The Third and Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward would join the Instant Game Collection in June. The games will replace Infamous 2, LittleBigPlanet 2 and Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One in the Instant Game Collection, so if you're interested in those games, you'll have to sign up for PlayStation Plus or add them to your cart before June 11.


Uncharted 3 players earn double cash for multiplayer during April events

In an effort to make April, which is also Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month, "even more outstanding for players," Naughty Dog will hold double cash events for Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception every Friday through Tuesday, the developer announced on its official website. You can check out the full schedule below. Naughty Dog recently announced downloadable content in honor of April's theme, the proceeds of which will go to animal-related charities. Players can also purchase shirts and weapon skins featuring images of the real-life pets of Naughty Dogs co-presidents Cristophe Balestra and Evan Wells. Start: Friday, April 5, at 3:00 PM ET End: Tuesday, April 9, at 3:00 PM ET Start: Friday, April 12, at 3:00 PM ET End: Tuesday, April 16, at 3:00 PM ET Start: Friday, April 19,...


Uncharted 3 celebrates Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month with charity DLC

Naughty Dog will release new downloadable content for Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception's multiplayer mode that will direct proceeds to charity for the prevention of animal cruelty, the developer announced on its official blog. The charitable DLC is part of a month full of animal-themed content. Players will be able to purchase shirts and weapon skins emblazoned with the images of Pogo and Trumpet (pictured) — the real-life dogs of Naughty Dog co-presidents Cristophe Balestra and Evan Wells — with proceeds of sales going to "various animal related charities." The Pogo and Trumpet items will be available only during the month of April. Naughty Dog will also add animal-themed tournament rewards — like a Shade Drake Raptor Mask and Mr. Croc shirt — as well as paid multiplayer items — like a...


Why aren't video game actors treated like stars?

The women behind the game The women behind the game Jennifer Hale "Nathan Fillion said to me, 'If you don't do one of these games, fans are going to be upset, but they're still going to buy the game,'" Taylor recalls. "There's only so much footing that you have as a voice actor. I don't know if it's because you don't see us physically or what." To put Halo's success — and Taylor's low public profile — in context, think of it this way: She is the most frequently recurring and plot-central actor in a franchise that has earned well over $3 billion, an amount equal to the combined global box office sales for the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy. But Fillion is right. She, along with each of her hard-working peers in the competitive world of video game voice...

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Releases
North America
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 11/01/2011
    • Publisher Sony Computer Entertainment
    • Developer Naughty Dog
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