Naughty Dog treads Uncharted (3) land, Facebook integrated into sequel

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Uncharted 3 on Facebook
"Facebook games" is such a vague term anymore. They don't necessarily have to exist on Facebook in the realm of FarmVille, and PS3 developer Naughty Dog is leading the forefront of this philosophy. USA Today reports that the studio is integrating Facebook directly into its anxiously-awaited Sony exclusive, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. Through this interweaving of Facebook and the PlayStation Network, players will be able to chat with their Facebook friends and share information--as long as they're on PSN. But don't worry, there's a game (in the game) somewhere in all this.

Players will be able view a feed of their Facebook friends' activity including viewing screenshots and videos they've created from within the game. On top of creating their own things to share, the sharing itself will become sort of a metagame. The more screenshots and videos that players "Like" through the game, the more in-game rewards they'll receive. "I don't think anyone else has gone to that level to bring Facebook within the game. People usually do it the other way around," says Naughty Dog co-president Christophe Balestra. "We are the first ones who are doing this."

And he's got a point. We've seen Facebook companion games that exist separately, yet are linked to console games. But cutting out the middleman and bringing Facebook directly into a console is something I've never seen before to this level. Facebook has assimilated other game genres before, and now the lines between Facebook and console game have blurred.

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