At Least One Good Thing Came Out of the PlayStation Network Attack, An Uncharted Thing

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This November's Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, will have LAN support. And you can thank the folks who hacked the PlayStation Network for that.


This is the deal: The developers at Uncharted studio Naughty Dog were making a game that would include a three-person co-op mode and a 10-person multiplayer mode that they're very proud of. They're so proud of this that they're excited to give away a full version of Uncharted 3's multiplayer with the purchase of various Subway products—a version that will run for a month before the game is released.

But you can't work on your three-person co-op and 10-person competitive multiplayer modes very well when the PlayStation Network is down for one week, two weeks, three weeks...

What do do? The game's co-lead designer, Jacob Minkoff told me today that they built in LAN support. Just to keep work going. The happy result? We get it to. LAN will be in the final game. Thank the hack for that.

I'll have much more about Uncharted 3 in the coming days. The game's looking very good here at E3.



I'm really curious. How many people have actually started a LAN game on their consoles? I'm sure I'll have some of you pipe up. But if we were to take a true percentage of the people who play the game, then compared the percent of people who bought the game and played online vs who bought the game and played LAN?

Posting this here isn't really the greatest cross section. The kotaku readership is usually a very hardcore gamer group and I feel is much more likely to use this feature. The average user? Not so much.

So props to them for supporting a feature only the dedicated few will use, but I'm just curious how many that is or if it's time to maybe put a bullet in LAN support.

Yes blasphemy on me for saying it, but hey, I mean it. You can still have that party, but just get everyone online. If you have a network, chances are that network is up on them there interwebs.