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Naughty Dog: Uncharted 3 inspired by ICO

Uncharted developer Naughty Dog has revealed that Japanese cult classic ICO is a major influence on its work - including the project it's creating "right now". You know, the one beginning with 'Uncharted' and ending in '3'. (ICO, PS2, PS3)

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PSfan09  +   1836d ago
i think im going to pre-order uncharted 3 right now.
Its just that epic
Stuart5756  +   1836d ago
Pre-order, where from?
LightofDarkness  +   1836d ago
Gamestop have it on the list.
OneSneakyMofo  +   1836d ago
If Ico inspired Uncharted 3, expect it to be someplace in the highlands with castles, perhaps Ireland?
perfectCarbonara  +   1836d ago
Well, not necessarily OneSneakyMofo. Inspiration can come from anywhere, the game could be set in space and it could still be Ico that inspires them with the overall emotions or feeling it evokes for instance.

Not necessarily art direction.
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Red_Orange_Juice  +   1836d ago
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-Alpha  +   1836d ago
I'm hoping they borrow story elements as opposed to setting or anything like that. UC2 had strong dialogue but a better story would be awesome. Lazaravich was a little too bland of a villain for me. If you would borrow from anybody in terms of story Team ICO is the way to go
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crxss  +   1836d ago
Anybody smell a marketing scheme? Regardless I'm getting both day one!
yoshiroaka  +   1836d ago

yea i agree that Lazaravich was very bland. I think the problem was that they spent almost no time on him. You barley see him for the game so when he comes in at the end he just come off as a genric baddie and made the climatic last battle a little disappointing for me.

I hope in the next one they really develop a really good villan that you could get emotional about. Larz was meh.
DigitalAnalog  +   1836d ago
Wait what?
Where did ND explicitly state they're making Uncharted 3? Is this a cvg quote making assumptions? All I see is project "right now" and has something to do to make it "ICO-like" which Uncharted is completly different. Maybe they're making a new IP?

ICO is one of the most expansive platforming experiences on a console while Uncharted is more of a scripted linearity. It's hard to believe a game like Uncharted can take something out of ICO.

-End statement
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AKS  +   1836d ago
@ DigitalAnalog
Amy Hennig said in an interview around the time Shadow of Colossus came out that she found the original ICO to be haunting and inspiring. Ted Price and Tim Schafer also praised it in the same article. ICO's poor game sales and perception of the game by the general public does not limit the impact it has had on developers. Every developer worth it's salt took a very careful look at ICO when it was released, and that included some of the absolute best in the business. It's not at all surprising that it continues to influence games now, including games of different genres.

When I saw the early pictures of an untitled "Naughty Dog Game," which eventually became Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, the FIRST game I thought of looking at the environments and style was ICO.

I dug up my first comments about the original Uncharted from another forum:

"February 8, 2007, 2:48 PM CST by AKS
This game appears to finally have a name to go with the pretty face [Uncharted]. Looking at the lush environments in these screens, I'm getting really eager to see another game from Fumito Ueda (of ICO and Shadow of the Colossus fame) someday, although it will probably take him years to actually release another game."
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Steve_0  +   1835d ago
I remember seeing footage of Uncharted back when it was known as BIG... The fluid animation, lush environments, and character details... When I saw Naughty Dog logo, I knew then and there that I was looking at something special.
Uncharted is easily my favourite new IP this gen, and it's up there with my all time classics. I feel like playing some Uncharted: Drakes Fortune now...
DigitalAnalog  +   1835d ago
That didn't answer my question. Where exactly did THEY state they were going to MAKE Uncharted 3? It seems to me CVG somehow just pulled that comment out of thin air.

This is the opening line for the article:

"Uncharted developer Naughty Dog has revealed that Japanese cult classic ICO is a major influence on its work - including the project it's creating "right now"."

No doubt a lot of developers are taking inspiration from ICO, which to say (taking risks and the like) and not necessarily the gameplay. You can pretty much say ND took the subject of "partnership" hence characters like Elena or Sully are so damn memorable. I can pretty much conclude that was a homage to ICO's Yorda or SoTC' Argo. Peter Molyneux took the "holding hands" aspect and brought it to Fable 3.

-End statement
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JUDALATION  +   1836d ago
Apone  +   1836d ago
Snap out of it! ;)
vsr  +   1836d ago
A Massive Worlds of Massive enemies and an RPG
Acquiescence  +   1836d ago
He's hyperventilating...
Someone get a sick bag. But make sure all the sick is emptied out of it first.
DigitalRaptor  +   1835d ago
This was known months ago!
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BillOreilly  +   1836d ago
All uncharteds borrow from ico. Have any of you played it, the platforming is right out of ico. Same thing pretty much. I think people hype games without playing it here. Ico was a an ok game that sold for crap, sotc came out and all of a sudden ico was everybodys fav game. Ico had atmoshere and art design though with good puzzles. It was fun but nothing was memorable until people saw the end of sotc and you become ico or his grandpa or whatev.
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guzman  +   1836d ago
I think it's time for you to have a juicebox full of STFU and spend some downtime in the "no spin zone", Billy.
ComboBreaker  +   1835d ago
Billy, billy billy...
You just don't understand do you? No matter how much you badmouth Ico and SotC, it ain't gonna change the fact that they're legendary games.

Developers and gamers alike love Ico and SotC. Your badmouthing isn't going to change their masterpiece status anytime soon.
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cmrbe  +   1835d ago
Key word here people is
Inspire. It dosent mean it will be like ICO which i hope not.
showtimefolks  +   1835d ago
wouldn't it be shocking if they announce something other than
uncharted 3 lol but its gonna be uncharted 3 than hopefully a new jak game made by ND
Cloudberry  +   1836d ago
Dare I say...

Announcement at VGA 2010 maybe?

dosgrtr  +   1836d ago
that is very likely since uncharted 2 was shown at VGA 08
Stuart5756  +   1836d ago
Defo, then footage at E3 2011 and the a fall 2011 release, perfect timing!
showtimefolks  +   1835d ago
no way
fall 2011 is booked for TLG

also twisted metal
resistance 3
getaway 3
eight days

in think uncharted 3 will be in early 2012 like march or something
BornToKill  +   1836d ago
i might just have a heart attack.
showtimefolks  +   1835d ago
i hope you don't
i am too pumped to call 911 right now lol
PR_FROM_OHIO  +   1836d ago
Naughty Dog+ICO=GREATEST GAME EVER MADE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
showtimefolks  +   1835d ago
this man speaks the truth
and nothing but the truth
Idree  +   1836d ago
Recipy for greatness right there!

Loved ICO & SoTC, hope they somehow pull it off :)
Chromer  +   1836d ago
I believe Naughty Dog means to create something better than Uncharted 2 that it will transcend the generations and take its place amongst the Gaming Legends such as ICO.
SaberEdge  +   1835d ago
I think the Uncharted games have already achieved their rightful place among masterpieces like Ico and SOTC.
DigitalAnalog  +   1835d ago
ICO and SoTC
Are in it's own league. They do not conform to the "normal" standards in the gaming world. Games like Portal belong to this category as well.

Uncharted can push the technicalities and gameplay to another degree but that is a totally different story.

-End statement
PimpHandHappy  +   1836d ago
now thats
how you hype up a game with the user base

I have never played ICO but i know its much loved. Uncharted 3 will be awesome just like 1&2
LightofDarkness  +   1836d ago
I implore thee to play it. Especially when the HD Remix arrives with SOTC.
Rage_S90  +   1836d ago
if you dont play it i wont be your friend :(
Dude Dutch  +   1836d ago
You must
play this wonder called ICO my young apprentice. Thou will not become a wizard gamer if thou notst playest this wonderful game.

Be wise and fullfill your destiny...............
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Rage_S90  +   1836d ago
your comment eclipsed mine im not happy about this overshadowing of my commenting ability
MaideninBlack  +   1836d ago
Japanese devs trying to westernize their games while western devs are influanced by Japanese games.
kasasensei  +   1836d ago
I love sotc but hate ico. So boring.
MisterAV  +   1836d ago
not so good
ICO hasn't really a story. You're there, helping the girl...
Sometimes you're running in that desert castle or solving some puzzle

Every moment I asked myself why I was playing. You playing because the story is interesting or because the gameplay is interesting. And ico is neither of them... just boring
Cenobia  +   1836d ago
What? ICO is intensely interesting. How could you not be interested in why you were imprisoned, why the woman was held captive, what the shadow monsters are, etc. etc.

The gameplay was also very good in my opinion. It was basically a platformer/puzzle game, and the jumping and puzzles were always fun. Having a companion with you was also pretty revolutionary since the characters depended on each other. If you were expecting some sort of combat system, ICO basically just swung the sword like a person who never used a sword would.
Si-Fly  +   1836d ago
Ico evokes a sense of wonderment colliding with an eerie sadness, when you're a little older you'll probably appreciate the sentiment within it, not really aimed at the gung-ho kids or cod fanclub.
MisterAV  +   1836d ago
Never played cod, i don't like much fps, I was 14-15 that time maybe. Bu I don't think even now I would like it.

@Cenobia: I never finished it but everything's explained at the end? I watched the ending on youtube and there's nothing...
Cenobia  +   1836d ago
Most of the answers you have to deduce for yourself. They don't really spell it out for you, but the questions in my previous comment are definitely answered. Others are purposely left open for the player to decide. It is very much like SotC where you piece together information that you receive over the duration of the game.

I don't know how far you got in the game, but you may have missed the interaction with the queen in the middle of the game. She provides a lot of answers (mostly about Yorda) so it may be confusing without seeing it.

The not knowing is really a cool experience imo, though. The objective to get out of their is pretty simple, but the journey is pretty fantastic. The graphics are also pretty amazing and still 'feel' like the best I've ever seen because of the lighting, architecture, and animations.
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guzman  +   1836d ago
MisterAV: You must have been dropped on your head as a kid.
Strikepackage Bravo  +   1836d ago
Oh please
Uncharted was influenced by Gears of War!!!!

and obviously Tomb Raider.

Hence Uncharteds nick name dude raider.
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LightofDarkness  +   1836d ago
And Gears was influenced by Kill.Switch, what's your point?
guzman  +   1836d ago
and RE4, that Cliffy guy even said so.
limewax  +   1836d ago
how does uncharted look anything like gears.....the game your thinking of is quantum theory
fuckoffodion  +   1836d ago
you obviously have nothing useful to say. You sound bitter.

Bravo! You're a troll.
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yewles1  +   1836d ago
Wow, such an explosion over nothing... ...bravo? XD
RIP_Weazel  +   1836d ago
Strikepackage Bravo
Isn't 'Dude Raider' your nickname amongst the boys at the blue oyster bar?
guzman  +   1836d ago
LMAO!! He's into bros icing bros I'd wager.
Dark-Cloud  +   1836d ago
so they are making uncharted 3 ?.. they didn't say they will make it ... could someone tell me ?!!! ... maybe they aree making a new game that will look like ICO , never played ICO but it seems a great game :) , i don't have a ps2 right now -.- , i want to play alots of ps2 games like Dark cloud - MGS 2-3 - jack and daxter - nba street - ICO and alots of games >.< .. i don't know where is my ps2 XD , maybe some one steal it or someone in my house give it to someone >.< ...
BabyTownFrolics  +   1836d ago
my favorite part
of the uncharted games is the platforming, I hope they come up with some truly amazing set pieces to climb. Something tall and vertigo inducing.

I know this might be out of place, but I would love some multiplayer foot races.
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Master of Unlocking  +   1836d ago
Er, guys, did anyone read the article? Cause it seems to me it's actually the author of the article who's assuming Uncharted 3 is being made, rather than the ND staff stating it is.
Anyway, it's probably fair to say it's crystal clear that there'll be an Uncharted 3 at some point, especially with a 2nd installment that garnered such (deserved) critical and commercial success. But who knows if ND isn't working on something else right now?
limewax  +   1836d ago
Seems a bit odd that bungie dubbed them 'team totally not working on uncharted 3' in the halo match a few weeks ago though
Cloudberry  +   1836d ago
Naughty Dog could be distracting us.
Next_Up  +   1836d ago
OMG! Uncharted 3 is gonna be incredibly epic. It's a day 1 buy for sure.
StanRaimondi  +   1836d ago
This brings tears to my eyes uncharted 3 with a story influenced by ico *crosses fingers* and ico collection in the same year god i hope so. I think im going to need a few more jobs.
Vinushka  +   1836d ago
Uncharted 3 shall be greatness.

However, with this news I'm hoping that Naughty Dog are secretly working on Jak 4. One can dream, right?
StanRaimondi  +   1836d ago
Im hoping that its uncharted 3 but honestly anything they make is going to be a day one buy for me.
Greek God  +   1836d ago
Only on PS3
Xfanboy  +   1836d ago
Anything Naughty Dog makes is day 1 purchase!

If the visuals beat UC2 i will sh!t on my xbox..
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Rage_S90  +   1836d ago
im holding you to this :D
Dark-Cloud  +   1836d ago
lol ...
nycredude  +   1835d ago
Hmm an avatar of an xbox with a pile of shit on it. Seems natural and fitting.
ULTIMATE_REVENGE  +   1836d ago
Oh they finally decided to talk about the game, it only took them about 50 years.

Anyway's I can't wait to see it.
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Cajun Chicken  +   1836d ago
This oddly sounds more appropriate for a Jak game...
turgore  +   1836d ago
I knew they would make another one...you know, its only the most succesful new IP this generation.
blackburn5  +   1836d ago
Ico and SotC trash? That is one of the worse things as a gamer you could ever say. That is an insult to the PS2 generation. You owe us over 100 million apologises.
Ravage27  +   1836d ago
this will be good.....
KwietStorm  +   1836d ago
Serious question
Why is it that whenever someone dislikes ICO or Shadow of the Colossus, they get pseudo reprimanded as if they said something vile and offensive? Remember, serious question.
Studio-YaMi  +   1836d ago
Same thing about any major big game
Like Halo or half life,I once said I didn't play half life,I did see lots of videos for it,and I didn't think it was THAT big or great like most people think,but I got pinned down with disagrees.

It's just that,well ; since they have such a big fan-base,you can't talk bad about them,or you are asking for it,that's my 2 cents on the dilemma..lol.
Darkfiber  +   1836d ago
I think they mean it's going to be just one big escort mission. As if the Uncharted series couldn't get even MORE derivative. This is the most popular/least original video game series in existence. I will never understand why people like it so much.
Studio-YaMi  +   1836d ago
it's not your cup of tea
but it is for many others,so stop hating and go play whatever "you" like to play.
Lykon  +   1836d ago
hmmm, i couldn't get into ico...the girl and the constant sqauking sounds were quite irritating...love the two uncharted games though ...i will have another go at getting into ico again though when it's released on ps3, there was obviously something i missed
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PirateThom  +   1836d ago
It's not trying to be original, no one ever sat down at development and said "let's make the most original game of all time" no, they said, "let's make a fun game with a good story and set pieces with awesome graphics."

If you want an original game, you better look elsewhere. If you want an amazing action adventure game, you've got it.
R_aVe_N  +   1835d ago
If any game is inspired by ICO it is a win for me. One of the greatest games I have ever played. The story elements in that game were just spot on. I look forward to what Uncharted 3 brings. I still want ND to make an RPG I would like to see what they could do with it.
PS360PCROCKS  +   1835d ago
Awesome. Never played the ICO series but I plan on it when the remastered games are released. But anything with Uncharted and 3 is a win for me. I'd like ND to make another franchise or revive an old one this gen as well.
HOSe  +   1835d ago
so. more intense co-op?
orange-skittle  +   1835d ago
What's Unfortunate
is the fact that Uncharted 3 will never get Halo numbers. I used Halo because it is a 360 cult classic just as Uncharted is for the PS3. Uncharted has the potential to have people waiting in line for it's release but it will have that draw. That's so unfortunate considering HOW AMAZING THIS GAME IS. I for one would've bought a PS3 just for this game if I didnt own one already. I thought Halo: Reach was the best Halo ever created, but it wasn't stellar. They should've done it like that from the beginning. You cared for every character and felt saddened when they all died. That's how much story based games really matter. If something happened to Sully, we would have an uprising.
kesvalk  +   1835d ago
dev1: hey we need more hype on uncharted 3, what we're gonna do?

dev2: i know man! let's say we get ispired by ICO!

dev1: wow, awesome plan!

uncharted 3 will be a good game, but please, this is the same as saying i am stupid and will accept anything you say to me...
nycredude  +   1835d ago
Stop hiding under the covers and smelling your own fart. It's obviously having a negative effect on your brain. WTF did you say again?
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