Uncharted 3 will not have single player DLC

Posted on October 15, 2011 - 5:00pm by Ryan Conway

We’ve got some rather surprising news coming from the Sony front, as Naughty Dog reps are saying that there will be no single player DLC packs for Uncharted 3. Considering DLC extensions not only add more replay value to existing products but also add a lot of extra revenue for the publisher and development team, this announcement is rather shocking, even more so considering the popularity of this particular franchise.

Why did Naughty Dog decide to bow out of the DLC racket or the single player aspect of it at least? Well, according community strategist Arne Meyer, it would be too difficult for the Naughty Dog team to dial back its ambition.

Game director, Justin Richmond echoed this sentiment by saying that the development team’s ideas for single player DLC most often than not turn out to be too big for such a project.

"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. We'd rather build out another game than we would do episodic content. We're so small that we can't afford to have a whole team working on DLC."

As much as I like the idea of DLC expansion packs (as long as they are a decent length and a fair price), I have to admire Naughty Dog’s attitude towards the concept.

If the DLC is more than a few hours long, why not use it as a building block for a more complete game? Can’t argue with that logic. That’s smart!

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