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Uncharted 3's visuals are a 'narrow jump' above Uncharted 2

on 18 October 2011

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception won’t boast the same visual leap as its predecessor offered back in 2009 compared to the original game, developer Naughty Dog has revealed.

Chatting with the folks at Spong, game director Justin Richmond revealed that while Uncharted 3’s graphics are definitely an improvement over Drake’s previous outing, the leap in visual quality is much “narrower.” 

“Uncharted 2 to 3 is still a jump, but its a narrower jump. And going forward, it depends on what we do. There are always ways to improve stuff, always ways we can pull out more stops… like changing optimisations, changing streaming animations, getting more polygons on screen, progressive mesh,” said Richmond.

He explained that the reason Uncharted 2’s graphics were such a significant improvement over the original game is due to the fact Naughty Dog had just learnt to harness the PS3’s meaty innards. 

“But I don’t think you’ll ever see that same jump again, at least on a PlayStation 3. There was just so much power left over in the PS3 when we made Uncharted 1, that we figured out how to use and really took it to town when developing Uncharted 2,” added Richmond. 

Uncharted 3 is scheduled for release in North America on November 1, with a European launch due on November 2. 
via VG247