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Bend Launches Golden Abyss "Black Market"

Now in business.


Golden Abyss: one of Vita's key launch titles.
One of the things we love most about Uncharted: Golden Abyss is the abundance of collectibles scattered throughout the game, over 300 in total.

However, some of the more hard-to-get treasures called Bounties are randomly dropped by enemies during the campaign, some of which are incredibly rare. To help players overcome this barrier, Bend has established the Black Market, an in-game NEAR application.

Players can put out requests for a Bounty they are missing. If someone who has the required Bounty responds then a copy of that particular treasure is passed on, Bend also promising rewards for those who aren’t lucky enough to receive a response.

It’s an interesting system, and if you happen to be one of the many trophy hunters out there, using the Black Market is a definitely a shortcut on the road to platinum. Hopefully Bounties won’t be too taxing on those who lack a local Vita player-base with which to trade items.

You can read our full review of Uncharted Golden Abyss here.

Source: PlayStation Blog

15 Comments
  1. jikomanzoku
    Member
    Since: Jan 2010

    Interesting way of building a community around an SP experience, develop this right and it could be a great thing for devco and customer alike.

    Comment posted on 14/02/2012 at 09:43.
  2. uncleniccius
    Member
    Since: Jan 2012

    Sadly though, without using the black market; you can’t get all of the collectible’s, or the platinum. I do love the idea though.

    Comment posted on 14/02/2012 at 09:56.
    • uncharted86
      Member
      Since: Jan 2012

      That’s not true. Using the Black Market will only make you able to get the platinum quicker.

      Comment posted on 14/02/2012 at 10:21.
      • uncleniccius
        Member
        Since: Jan 2012

        No, their is a set of collectibles that require the use of this; it said so on PS blog.

        Comment posted on 14/02/2012 at 11:38.
      • SpikeyMikey23
        Member
        Since: Jul 2009
        Comment posted on 14/02/2012 at 11:46.
      • uncleniccius
        Member
        Since: Jan 2012

        How do you put an avatar on here?

        Comment posted on 14/02/2012 at 11:47.
      • SpikeyMikey23
        Member
        Since: Jul 2009

        :D

        Comment posted on 14/02/2012 at 12:10.
      • TheDeathAvenger
        Member
        Since: Forever

        Yeah, seems like there is a set of collectables that you can only get by using NEAR. It sounded like you would have to put out a request (on the Black Market), not have the request fulfilled, then automatically get sent an item that is not found in game, so you’re not left empty handed.

        Comment posted on 14/02/2012 at 13:04.
      • jikomanzoku
        Member
        Since: Jan 2010

        You can Mikey, cheers, been wondering about that for a while but was a little too sheepish to ask, so thanks and I’ll get on the case shortly :)

        Comment posted on 14/02/2012 at 14:49.
      • uncleniccius
        Member
        Since: Jan 2012

        Thanks by the way, it took a while to work :D

        Comment posted on 14/02/2012 at 15:36.
  3. shaqnosis
    Member
    Since: Feb 2012

    Really neat idea. Would suck if you lived out in the wops, or if your the only one in the area with a vita though. But there is mention of rewards for non responses, so perhaps you will be covered either way!

    Comment posted on 14/02/2012 at 10:00.
    • uncleniccius
      Member
      Since: Jan 2012

      Yeah, if they hadn’t rewarded people who didn’t get responses it would be so mean! I also just found out (slightly OT) that 3g vita buyers in the US get Super Stardust, whereas we get Wipeout! :D

      Comment posted on 14/02/2012 at 10:03.
  4. Youles
    Member
    Since: Feb 2011

    I doubt I’ll be near anyone (depending on radius), so looks like I’d need many playthrough to obtain all 300! Sounds kind of annoying if you want all the trophies :(

    Comment posted on 14/02/2012 at 10:35.
  5. lotrek
    Member
    Since: Feb 2012

    Like the idea of this just enough people in my area buy a Vita.

    Comment posted on 14/02/2012 at 15:27.
  6. Smallville2106
    Member
    Since: Feb 2011

    Sounds great. Something different at least.

    Comment posted on 14/02/2012 at 16:26.

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