Uncharted 3 Multiplayer is Free!
The new downloadable free-to-play option lets players advance up to level 15, playing in the same player pool as the base game. Once you hit level 15, you can continue to play with no time limit, but cease progress on your upgrades. That said, the game keeps track of your XP progress, and if you ever choose to purchase the full game, you retroactively gain access to the levels you would have progressed through for your time played. In the free-to-play version, players experience all of the base maps from the original retail release of Uncharted 3, but won’t immediately have access to any of the DLC maps.
If you’re never interested in buying the full game, the new free-to-play version supports microtransactions in various forms to affect your gameplay and progress options. Players can pay to unlock higher tiers of levels (up to 25 for $4.99), or pay a larger fee to unlock play all the way to level cap ($19.99). In addition, while the free-to-play game initially includes only competitive play, you can pay to unlock other modes like cooperative adventure ($11.99) and arena play.
Have you been a part of the Uncharted 3 multiplayer community prior to this announcement? Sony is thanking you for your patronage by offering a number of special free items to anyone who played multiplayer prior to today. Nothing has been confirmed or finalized, but definitely keep a look out.