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Naughty Dog to shut down multiplayer servers for Uncharted 2, 3, The Last of Us

These are the multiplayer servers for the original, PS3 versions, not the PS4 remasters.



Naughty Dog PS3 multiplayer servers Uncharted The Last of Us

These are the multiplayer servers for the original, PS3 versions, not the PS4 remasters.

We often find ourselves wondering who plays the multiplayer modes of Naughty Dog’s story-heavy games.

Don’t misunderstand: as multiplayer murder modes go, they’re all perfectly competent. The core games, Uncharted and The Last of Us, are solid, so it makes sense that they would be.


But it just feels a bit odd. Unintended. Like buying a movie and then just watching the special features over and over again. It’s not what they’re for, is the key takeaway here.

But that doesn’t stop them being popular. After their introduction in Uncharted 2 on the PS3, they’ve become a series staple, gracing Uncharted 3, The Last of Us, and Uncharted 4. Only the expandalones – The Last of Us: Left Behind, and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy – have been without it.

They’ve been so popular that they’ve made their way onto the PS4, not just in Uncharted 4, but also, the remasters of Naughty Dog’s PS3 games. That means you can play the online multiplayer modes of Uncharted 2 and Uncharted 3 on PS4, as part of the Nathan Drake Collection, and also in The Last of Us Remastered.

That’s probably the reason why Naughty Dog has today announced it’s pulling the plug on these old multiplayer servers.

The PS3 multiplayer servers for Uncharted 2, Uncharted 3, and The Last of Us will be going offline for good on September 3, 2019, at 5 pm Pacific time. (That’s 1 am the following morning in the UK.)

When that happens, multiplayer will be switched off. At least you’ll still be able to play on the PS4 remasters.

And as a final blowout, Naughty Dog is making all of the multiplayer DLC for these games free, from now, until the servers go offline.

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