Naughty Dog has recently posted details on the next batch of content for Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception including a new game mode in which players face the Djinn; a supernatural twist on the already refreshing, if a little blighted, online co-op.
The award-winning dev started a ruckus when it revealed that this will be the thirteenth wedge of content covered by the pre-paid Fortune Hunters’ Club Pass.
The FHC has more than paid itself off, plunderer’s set to save themselves 60% on what they would have spent purchasing each bit of content, individually. So why are fans upset by the news?
Back in October when the DLC pre-order scheme was announced, Naughty Dog and Sony outlined what players could expect from the deal:
The Fortune Hunters’ Club DLC program entitles you to the first four multiplayer map packs and the first three multiplayer skin packs for UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception with the first DLC release coming in November.
Being the thirteenth FHC update, Shade Survival is also the penultimate content drop, meaning whatever comes next will be the last snip of DLC Fortune Hunters are entitled to. At present the scheme has delivered on its promised to release three skin packs, yet only fans have only seen two of the four proposed “multiplayer map packs.” Unless the 14th update is a map pack double-whammy (something we very much doubt,) somewhere down the line consumers have been misled.
Like many who have signed up to the offer, I’ve enjoyed the recycled “Flashback” content Naughty Dog released earlier this year, but the main draw of the Fortune Hunters’ Club was grabbing some brand new, original maps. Was it wrong to assume as much given the quote above? Apparently so.
A firm guess would be that Naughty Dog classified their recent “Fort” Adventure Mode content as a map pack. Weighing in at around twenty minutes, it’s a meaty bit of content (not to mention steeply priced) but it sure ain’t a map pack, at least not in the conventional sense. Though there are co-op die hards knocking about, the bulk of Uncharted 3 players frequent the competitive modes, so it strikes me as baffling that the developer would dub the Fort DLC as a map pack instead of a “co-op mission” just for means of clarification.
I can’t speak for other Uncharted 3 players, despite reading and listening to their disgruntled comments, but the whole situation has been an unexpected mess.
Hopefully the fourteenth batch of content will bring the much-anticipated arrival of new maps, but given recent developments, don’t be surprised if next week’s Shade Survival DLC turns out to be your lot.