Yesterday, 19th November, marked the 10th anniversary of Uncharted - and with it the birth of PlayStation's biggest of big budget franchises.
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The Uncharted movie has found a new director with Shawn Levy, the man who helmed both Night At The Museum films, Date Night, and Real Steel.
The Uncharted movie now has a new screenwriter, so we know it's still in development - even if it's sounding unlikely that it will hit its previously reported June 2017 release.
Sony's long-in-development Uncharted film sounds like it is back in development hell, according to a new round of reports.
The Uncharted movie is now getting the A-list treatment with The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty scribe Mark Boal bringing his writing talents to the script.
You'd be forgiven for thinking Sony had given up on the Vita - at least in the west - after its no-show at the company's major press conferences this year. But according to Sony's UK boss the handheld console is here to stay.
Big old UK gaming chain GAME will start selling Vita full-game download codes from tomorrow, Friday 25th July.
The Uncharted film will be released on 10th June, 2016, the Hollywood Reporter has announced.
We still don't know who's going to play Nathan Drake, but King of Kong and Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon is helming the project. Previously American Hustle and Three Kings director David O Russell was going to direct the film with Mark Wahlberg in the starring role, but that was cancelled when The Illusionist director Neil Burger stepped in. Of course, that too didn't stick.
Last we checked, Safe House and Stolen scribe David Guggenheim was set to pen the film.
Sony is in talks with Horrible Bosses and The King of Kong director Seth Gordon to helm the live-action movie based on Naughty Dog's Uncharted series.
In this video, Eurogamer pays tribute to gaming's forgotten heroes. These are the launch titles that will never be up there with Halo or down there with Red Steel - they were just, y'know, quite good.
Do check out our round-ups of Terrible and Amazing launch games, if you haven't already. And please note, these aren't meant to be definitive lists - feel free to share your opinions and additions in the comments below.
This is the End directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg claim to have been approached by Naughty dog for roughly four years about writing an Uncharted movie.
Sony's put a brave face on regarding Vita's performance since launch. The handheld hasn't taken off and Sony can't be happy with it, but Sony's never going to admit that - or is it?
Tell us, Sony top-dog Kaz Hirai, how's PlayStation Vita doing and what do you think about new portable on the block, Nvidia's Project Shield?
First: Vita sales. "I would say it's at the low end of what we expected," he remarked at CES, words caught by the Wall Street Journal.
But he wouldn't judge anything a success until it had been on sale for five-to-10 years, apparently. Take PlayStation 3: it faced similar questions when first released but now Hirai considers it a success.
Vita card game Uncharted: Fight For Fortune has been announced proper on the PlayStation blog. It's due out 4th December for $5. The Euro date and price are TBC (uh oh).
Fight For Fortune works with Vita Uncharted game Golden Abyss as well as standalone. Basically you build a deck of cards and use those to battle opponents, taking turns. It's billed as an action-adventure game on the blog, but err I don't see any action-adventure in the video.
As you go, you earn more cards and power them up by collecting artefacts in Golden Abyss. A patch will retroactively rewarded you for those you've already collected.
The PS Vita firmware update 2.0 does more than add PlayStation Plus to the handheld - it improves its web browser, too.
PlayStation Plus launches on PlayStation Vita on Wednesday 21st November 2012 in Europe, Sony has announced.
It arrives alongside the 2.00 System Software update.
Plus members get Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Gravity Rush, Chronovolt and Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack as part of the Instant Game Collection. You get four games per month alongside the usual extras.
UPDATE: Uncharted: Fight for Fortune is a casino card game for PS Vita, the Brazilian ratings board has revealed.
Will the Uncharted movie ever come out? Further doubt was cast on its future last night after Sony tapped up a new team to rewrite the script.
Veteran video game voice actor Nolan North has won a role in big screen blockbuster Star Trek 2 off the back of his work on the Uncharted series.
Worldwide PlayStation Vita sales were 1.8 million at the end of March 2012, Sony has revealed.
Those numbers - withheld from Sony's annual earnings report - tumbled from a follow-up earnings call this morning.
"About Vita," said Sony CEO Kaz Hirai (via translator), "the last year, [we sold] 1.8 million units for US, Japan, Asia and Europe. And as a starting phase, I think it was a good start."
Sony has announced the Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Game of the Year Edition. It includes the game and all 14 additional pieces of DLC. Sony is yet to announce when it will release.
The DLC list in full, in Sony's words:
Classic Skins Packs 1 - 3: A huge total of 25 skins for the Uncharted 3 multiplayer experience including fan favourites such as Nathan Drake as he appears in the original Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, or Winter Drake as he appears in Tibet during Uncharted 2: Among Thieves; even minor characters such as Cameraman Jeff make an appearance.
The US launch of PS Vita was met with "overwhelming enthusiasm" from gamers, Sony has insisted.
SCEA's corporate communications boss Patrick Seybold said Vita had enjoyed "exceptional" sales in the US.
"After months of anticipation, the US launch of PlayStation Vita saw overwhelming enthusiasm amongst gamers, resulting in exceptional hardware, software and peripheral sales," he said.
EA snowboarding reboot SSX has claimed first place in the UK all-formats chart.
PlayStation Vita sold 61,000 units during launch in the UK, according to an analyst.
Analyst Nicholas Parker said on his Twitter page: "The PS Vita sold through to UK consumers 61k units in the four days of last week, not the 45k which has been in the press."
He said his source was "reliable".
PlayStation Vita launch title Uncharted: Golden Abyss has claimed top spot in the new UK all-format charts.
New sales figures have revealed how PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS are doing in Japan.
3G gives PS Vita "immediacy", Sony has said.
How does Uncharted look on PlayStation Vita?
Sony has defended the cost of Vita, its games - both digital and boxed - and revealed plans to bring larger memory cards to the UK.
Picking up a PlayStation Vita tonight? Already checked for the cheapest Vita retailer? You'll probably want some Vita games then.
Nearly a third of UK PlayStation 3 owners are seriously considering buying a Vita, a new poll has found.
Uncharted creator Naughty Dog has clarified that it is "not working on anything for PS Vita".
Sony made the more expensive 3G PS Vita, out at midnight tonight alongside the cheaper Wi-Fi-only model, because it wanted to invest in the future.
This autumn's Call of Duty game will also be released on PlayStation Vita, Sony has revealed.
"And of course, in the autumn, [my two teenage sons are] really looking forward to Call of Duty on Vita, and we think that's going to be an absolute game-changer for the platform," Guy Longsworth, senior vice president of PlayStation brand marketing, told GameTrailers TV.
The game's full name wasn't revealed, nor was the developer - presumably Treyarch for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. But will the Vita version be the same?
Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida has explained the company's PlayStation Vita game price strategy - and insisted you'll get your money's worth from £40 titles.
With PlayStation Vita Sony is targeting men in their 20s who play video games eight hours a week or more and own a PlayStation 3.
Sony reckons PlayStation Vita got off to "a good start" in Japan, and doesn't foresee "any problems" selling the handheld in February.
Life-to-date Japanese Vita sales are 535,423, by Media Create's working. The handheld looked to be off to a flyer after posting first-week sales of 321,407 units.
But Vita quickly ran out of steam, and sales slumped as low as 15,000 units a week. Vita only managed to claw back higher seven-day sales than PSP last week. And they were a far cry from Nintendo's 3DS total, which has been more than four-times Vita's tally in recent weeks.
Sony made a gargantuan £1.3 billion loss during October to December 2011.
Sony has put a PlayStation Vita in every GAME and Gamestation shop in an effort to get the console in gamers' hands before launch.
Given the task of translating the much-beloved Uncharted franchise to Sony's shiny new portable, Bend Studio - best known for the Syphon Filter games on PSP - has taken on a huge weight of responsibility from the original series creators at Naughty Dog. By entrusting the team with the engine that drives the three console games, alongside a degree of freedom over the back-story of its leading characters, Uncharted: Golden Abyss sets out to be a fully-fledged adventure that is both essential to fans of the series, as well as early Vita adopters looking to showcase their handheld's graphical prowess.
Behind the scenes with Drake and Sully.
PlayStation Vita has been beaten by the PSP in Japan's hardware chart for the second week running.
Thanks to quirks of the calendar and the narrowing technological gap between the devices in our pockets and those lingering under our TVs, the latest instalment of the Uncharted action-adventure series arrives barely two months after we reviewed the last one, Drake's Deception, and doesn't look all that different. Even by the Call of Duty-regurgitating, never-knowingly-not-a-sequel standards of the modern video games industry, that's an impressive rate of iteration.
The difference, of course, is that Uncharted: Golden Abyss is one of the first games to be released for PlayStation Vita, and while the timing is perhaps unfortunate - even when Vita reaches Europe in late February, Drake's Deception will be barely four months old - you can understand the choice of talisman. If anybody is going to convince sceptical gamers that Sony's new handheld can deliver premium-quality gaming on the go, then surely it is Nathan Drake.
With original developer Naughty Dog sticking to the PS3 for the time being, Drake's latest fate is thrust into the hands of Sony's Bend Studio, and the team best known for the Syphon Filter games proves a fastidious steward, carefully ticking all the right boxes over the game's six-to-eight hour lifespan. There's a reluctant love interest, double crosses, fossils and relics galore, and an ancient city of gold to be found by jumping, shooting and dangling through jungles and ruins across South America.
Sony has confirmed official RRPs for both the first wave of Vita games and the system's proprietary memory cards.
As detailed on the EU PlayStation Blog, the following first party launch titles are priced as follows:
Uncharted: Golden Abyss - €49.99/£44.99
Final Fantasy 13-2 entered this week's Japanese software chart at number one, but sales of the game were way down on that of its predecessor.
The RPG sequel sold 525,271 to take the top spot, but that's nearly a third of the 1.5 million copies Final Fantasy 13 moved in its first four days back in 2009.
The game is due out on these shores on 3rd February 2012.
The PlayStation Vita sold an estimated 65 per cent of the units shipped by Sony to shops for the console's Japanese launch, sales tracking firm Media Create said.
Media Create said (via Andriasang) Vita sold 325,000 units over launch weekend (17th and 18th December) - 4000 more than the figure quoted by Enterbrain.
Media Create's 65 per cent sell through estimate is based on Sony's confirmed shipment of 500,000 units - a figure reportedly boosted to 700,000 last minute.
The PlayStation Vita's battery lasts more than an hour longer than the 3DS when both systems are played at the highest possible settings, according to a system test coming out of Japan.
Everybody's Golf and Uncharted: Golden Abyss are the two most popular game in the Japanese Vita launch line-up, according to Sony exec Shuhei Yoshida.
PlayStation Vita sold 321,407 units in its first two days on sale in Japan.
The Enterbrain-collected data, revealed by Japanese magazine Famitsu (via Andriasang) covers sales for Saturday 17th December and Sunday 18th December.
Famitsu notes Vita's opening two day sales failed to beat the Nintendo 3DS' opening two-day sales.
Online shop Play.com has gone live with PlayStation Vita launch game prices and made games available to pre-order.
A variety of RRPs are listed - the highest is £44.99 for Uncharted: Golden Abyss (Play sells it for £40).
On the other end of the scale, Little Deviants and Reality Fighters are £18 (RRP 24.99).
Sony has popped the PlayStation Vita manual online - thanks patch!
UK gamers will get another chance to go hands-on with the PlayStation Vita at the upcoming PS Vita Rooms tour, Sony has revealed.
Launch titles such as Uncharted: Golden Abyss, FIFA 12, MotorStorm RC and Wipeout 2048 are playable.
You'll also be able to get your mitts on Reality Fighters, ModNation Racers: Road Trip, Escape Plan, Little Deviants and Super Stardust.
Plus more Uncharted: Golden Abyss in action.
Naughty Dog's Uncharted series has sold in excess of 13 million copies worldwide, publisher Sony has revealed.
Sony marketing man Asad Quizilbash offered the figure during an interview with IndustryGamers.
He added that the latest in the series, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, sold twice as many copies in its first week as Uncharted 2 did, "far exceeding our expectations". However, he didn't offer precise sales figures, reiterating only that it shipped 3.8 million copies to retailers on day one.
Sony's cards are on the table at last. All six of them, in fact, as part of the WAAR (wide area augmented reality) feature Vita developers have been banging on about recently, with the console able to register up to six cards at once to create fancy AR experiences on the fly.
It's six years old and still the UK's fastest-selling games console at launch - but Sony is betting big on PSP's successor, telling Eurogamer: "We will beat that with Vita."
"We're planning for a condition of success," PlayStation Europe boss Jim Ryan told us last week in London. "Launch quantities will sell out - I think that's looking pretty certain".
Pressed on whether he believed that meant Vita would beat PSP's figure, Ryan said: "Subject to supply, yes, it is our belief that we will beat that with Vita."
UPDATE According to Sony's PlayStation Blog, Super Stardust Delta and Gravity Rush will also be available from launch.
ORIGINAL STORY: Sony has announced its first party PlayStation Vita launch line-up for Europe.
Among the SCEE-published titles on shelves from 22nd February are Uncharted: Golden Abyss, WipEout 2048, ModNation Racers: Road Trip and a previously unannounced MotorStorm title.
The PlayStation Vita will not support Flash or be able to play Game Archive games at launch, Japanese magazine Famitsu has revealed.
A Famitsu FAQ (translated by Andriasang) confirms that Game Archive games, which includes PlayStation and PC Engine/TurboGrafx games, will not be playable on the handheld console at launch.
Vita's web browser supports Java, HTML5 and cookies, but it does not support Flash. The FAQ suggests both Game Archive games and Flash will be added later.
PlayStation Vita will either save internally to the game card or to a separate memory card. But not both.
UPDATE: Sony has announced the UK price for PlayStation Vita.
The RRP for the Wi-Fi model is £229.99. The RRP for the 3G/Wi-Fi model is £279.99.
"PlayStation Vita is an incredible device that offers the best possible portable gaming experiences," said Sony Computer Entertainment Europe boss Jim Ryan.
A pamphlet explaining how PlayStation Vita owners can use their PSP UMD collection has been circulated at a Sony sales briefing in Japan.
Now is not the right time for a download-only console, Sony has insisted.
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Nintendo may have done its best to spoil Sony's party by announcing that Monster Hunter would be coming to the 3DS, but the air of celebration continues around the Vita. 31 games for the handheld made an appearance at the Tokyo Game Show, and - Monster Hunter aside - it was the biggest pull of the event.
With no firm word of a release date outside of Japan and no region locking for the console's software, there is of course a huge temptation to import Sony's Vita when it comes out in the East on 17th December. 26 games launching alongside the handheld ensure that, unlike this year's 3DS launch, there will be a wealth of options when it comes to picking up games.
Sony's first-party games provide the obvious highlights - and Uncharted: Golden Abyss is as close to an essential purchase as there is for the Vita, both a technical marvel that's perfect for showcasing the console's power as well as an extension of one of this generation's best-loved series.
Eurogamer Expo will host the first public UK hands-on with PlayStation Vita.
18 unannounced PlayStation Vita games will be playable at the Tokyo Game Show, Sony has announced.
Three unannounced PlayStation 3 games will also be playable, Andriasang reports.
The Vita games confirmed as being playable at Sony's PlayStation Vita Zone are:
Sony will not reduce the price of the PlayStation Vita - despite Nintendo's shock 3DS price cut.
Vita's 512MB of RAM enables it to run programs in the background while gamers are playing games, Sony has said.
Uncovers PS Vita prequel's story.
UPDATE: Sony has confirmed to Eurogamer that Vita goes on sale in Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan by the end of the year. It goes on sale in Europe, the US and the rest of the Asian territories "early next year".
Development sources have poured cold water on a report that PlayStation Vita's RAM has been halved.
New Uncharted movie director Neil Burger is going back to the PlayStation exclusive video game for inspiration.
Limitless and The Illusionist director Neil Burger has reportedly signed on to write and direct the Uncharted movie following David O. Russell's exit.
Sony has pledged to right the wrongs of the PlayStation Portable with its successor, the PlayStation Vita.
Sony has dismissed the threat of the likes of the iPad and iPhone, instead calling tablets and smartphones "an opportunity".
Another glimpse of Vita gameplay.
Sony hopes money made from game sales will make up for the three years of loss it expects to make on powerful handheld console PS Vita.
It's an Uncharted game, running on a handheld. That's impressive enough in itself, but to understand the implications of that simple statement you've got to appreciate what Naughty Dog has crafted - a series of light-hearted adventures based around solid third-person mechanics, all wrapped up in Hollywood production values and framed within this generation's most sumptuous backdrops.
Sony Bend has studied that formula closer than anyone else. That's because the Oregon-based team has taken on development duties for Uncharted: Golden Abyss. It's a new chapter for Nathan Drake and a game that's fast become the poster boy for the NGP.
Having previously delivered PSP title Resistance Retribution, Sony Bend is in danger of becoming Sony's in-house cover band - but at least it's proven itself to be a safe pair of hands. For Golden Abyss, the studio has mimicked Naughty Dog's own formula while at the same time exploring some of the new possibilities offered by the NGP.
Sony doesn't see any clear competitor for its PlayStation Portable successor, codenamed the Next Generation Portable.
So much for pocket gaming. The first thing that strikes you about Sony's NGP (a name whose days are numbered, with a sexier and more practical alternative likely to be unveiled at E3) is its size. Larger by some measure than its competition, the NGP's closest comparison in handheld history is Atari's Lynx.
The NGP's Uncharted finally has a name, and it's been revealed that the game is set before the events of the PlayStation 3's Drake's Fortune.
Drake your claim.
Uncharted NGP is set before Uncharted 1, Naughty Dog has said.
The Next Generation Portable Uncharted game takes place between Uncharted 1 and Uncharted 2, Naughty Dog has revealed.
There can't be many lead actors and writers in the games industry who know each other so well they practically finish each other's sentences. But then, how many can say they've been working together on their latest project almost every week since last June, let alone for large, intensive chunks of the past five years?
Hollywood director David O. Russell has promised to show as much skin as he can in the upcoming Uncharted movie.
Uncharted movie director David O. Russell has moved to reassure fans of the videogame concerned by the direction of his unfinished script, asking them to trust that he'll make an "amazing" film.
Uncharted fans worried about the upcoming movie of the game were given further cause for concern after the director and scriptwriter revealed plans to depict a Sopranos-like family with a sense of justice.
If it really is capable of running PS3-quality titles, why aren't more of Sony's leading studios making games for NGP?
The new Uncharted game in development for Sony's freshly-announced NGP handheld is being put together by Sony Bend Studio, rather than franchise creator Naughty Dog.
So-hot-right-now action adventure series Uncharted was one of the first games revealed for Sony's new NGP (Next Generation Portable) handheld this morning.
Games are the most important thing when it comes to the success of the PSP2 Next Generation Portable, Sony has said.
The first batch of games announced for Sony's brand new NGP (Next Generation Portable - a.k.a PSP2) handheld are as follows.