Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, It's Officially Happening

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I'm looking at a large black card with the logo Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception splashed on its back. I'm not sure I can more about it than that. I just got back from a doctor's appointment and there it was, in a Fed Ex envelope outside my office.

So I pulled up a browser and had a look around Google News and sure enough, Entertainment Weekly just broke the story: It's really happening. Uncharted 3 is in the offing, all official-like.

Here's the 41 second teaser trailer, which only offers 15 seconds of non-gameplay footage. "All men dream, but not equally," says the titular Nathan Drake as the camera pans across your standard pulp-adventure paraphernalia.

What do we know?

For starters, that Sony gives exclusives to mags that have yet to afford video games a proper standalone category alongside habituals like movies and music, each of which the video games industry now commercially outpaces.

But okay, let's give Jeff "I have a Ph.D. in Overindulgent Lost Meta-Analysis" Jensen his due and just pretend we didn't see that part in the story where he typed "threequel."

So Uncharted 3. That invariably means more Uncharted, which if you've never played the series, equals tons of exploring, climbing, jumping, shooting, ducking, puzzle-solving, chatting, wisecracking, and, well, more exploring.

Think Lawrence of Arabia (which, incidentally, I finally watched over Thanksgiving). Think the legendary lost city of Iram. Think giant sand-blasted and sun-scoured rock formations. Think Nathan Drake of Persia. Not a prince, as far as we know, but you see how what goes around eventually comes around?

There's apparently some teacher-student tension going on between Drake and his mentor, Victor 'Sully' Sullivan, this time around. I never really felt that in the prior two games, so it'll be interesting to see how they work it in here.

And then there's the whole deception theme. Is Nathan Drake really who he thinks he is? Says he is? A descendant of Sir Francis Drake? I know, I always thought that was a little much, too. We'll see.

Whatever the case, "Drake's Deception" isn't quite as catchy as "Among Thieves" or "Drake's Fortune," but I guess it's in keeping with the pulp vibe. At least it's not Uncharted 3: Nathan Drake and The Slaves of Hell.

What else. The EW piece spends as much time telling you it can't tell you about stuff as it does explicating anything. There's mention of "enhanced backward climbing" and a way to fight multiple opponents at once. Also: Bigger, better multiplayer, no surprise there, though Uncharted 2's was already pretty knockout.

Stereoscopic 3D support? Check. The first live gameplay demo on Jimmy Fallon's late night show next Monday, December 13? Check.

EW speculates we'll see Uncharted 3 by fall 2011, around the time Christie Golden's novel Uncharted: The Fourth Labyrinth hits stands (currently slated for October 4).

Expect better intel on the game after the Spike video game awards finish up this weekend.

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