The online pass for Uncharted 3 multiplayer is there because “games have to make money” and server costs aren’t cheap: Naughty Dog explain where your funds are going.
Naughty Dog and Sony came under fire when it was revealed that Uncharted 3 will use an online pass for its multiplayer content. Including an online pass isn’t exactly the most well-liked decision a developer can make at the moment. So, what’s it there for?
Quite simply, say the developers, videogames have to be profitable if you want to keep on making more of them.
More specifically, though, the online pass is there because server costs aren’t cheap. “Part of the reason for the online pass is that when that stuff goes online, it isn’t free,” explained Naughty Dog’s Justin Richmond. “We have to pay for servers and all this different stuff to maintain it, and so at some point, you know, games have to make money.”
In an interview with TSA, he added: “It is a business, and we just wanna be able to continue to provide that kind of content. If Sony ever comes to us and says ‘You’re not making enough money on this, you need to cut it’ or whatever, that’s not something that we want. We want to be able to maintain the level of quality of the product that we’re giving out.”
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception launches for PS3 on November 2nd in Europe. We’ll be bringing you our first impressions of the game later this week. Until then, keep up to date with all the latest Uncharted 3 news right here at BeefJack!