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"It’s bittersweet but at a certain point you want to go out on top. If this is the last one indeed, and I believe it’s the last one - nothing’s confirmed, but I believe it’s the last one Naughty Dog wants to do, in which case I hope somebody else doesn't pick up the mantle because they've done it so well for so long - but yeah, it’s one of those things where you just have to cross that bridge when you get to it. I like the idea of going out on top so we better do a hell of a job with this one… and it’s already looking pretty good." [SOURCE: 1, 2]
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The "Pretty Little Liars" actor gives video gamers an inside look at one of the biggest games of 2011 in a newly-published book, “Uncharted: Drake’s Journal – Inside the Making of of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.”



Actor Nolan North (Pretty Little Liars) provides more than just the voice of Nathan Drake in developer Naughty Dog’s Uncharted games. And now the 2.4 million gamers who have picked up a copy of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception for Sony’s PlayStation 3 can see just what goes into the interactive adventure. North has just published a new book, Uncharted: Drake’s Journal – Inside the Making of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. The actor talks to The Hollywood Reporter about the advances in performance capture that the game industry has been pushing with Uncharted and other games in this exclusive interview.'

The Hollywood Reporter: What were you trying to accomplish with your first Uncharted book?
Nolan North:
My goal was to just really highlight what we do and how we do it, but then the personalities, stories, little quirks and funny antidotes that happen during the process. Hopefully, I’ve achieved that.

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Carolyn Petit browses Nolan North's book, Uncharted: Drake's Journal, to discover if there's buried treasure within.



What do you get for the Uncharted fan that already has every Uncharted game? If that fan has an interest in the creative process behind Naughty Dog's series of globe-hopping, swashbuckling adventures, then consider Uncharted: Drake's Journal - Inside the Making of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception.

Assembled by Nolan North, the ubiquitous voice actor best known for playing Nathan Drake, this collection of photographs, text blurbs by North, and quotes from people involved with the massive undertaking of making Uncharted 3 touches on just about every facet of the game's production. It ranges from the rental of a new motion-capture studio prior to the beginning of filming all the way to the implementation of vital bug fixes just hours before the finished code needed to ship.

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Nolan North and Emily Rose on Uncharted 3 acting.



Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception hits PS3 next week, but if you can't get enough of Nolan North, the voice - and the physical acting reference - for Nathan Drake, then check out this new video from Sony, detailing some of the mo-cap challenges that spring up during production.

North also plays loads of other characters, apparently, during which chatter isn't safe for public consumption, according to Cinematic Productino Head, Taylor Kurosaki. There's some pretty hilarious grunting at 3.45, too. [SOURCE]
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Priced at $99.99, it's not quite as extravagant as some other CEs.



The contents of the inevitable collector's edition for Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception have been revealed today, and as with many others, its big feature is a statue. The CE is collected within a recreation of a classic traveling chest, complete with magnets to keep the door from swinging open when you don't want it to. Inside, you'll find a 8.5-inch tall statue of Nathan Drake made by Sideshow Collectibles. There's also a wearable belt buckle, modeled after the one Nathan Drake wears in Uncharted 3, and the necklace he has with Sir Francis Drake's ring attached. The final component is a Steelbook case that Naughty Dog says is a first for SCEA; it holds both the game and some exclusive artwork.

It's not the most mind-blowing of collector's editions, but it's also not priced as highly as some of the other high-end limited editions out there (like Skyrim's $150 CE). It'll be released on November 1 along with the standard edition of the game for $99.99. That makes it a $40 premium over going for the vanilla version of Uncharted 3. For what you're getting, is that still too much? Let us know which version you'll be getting in the comments below. [SOURCE]
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Nathan Drake voice actor Nolan North has announced he is currently writing up a book on the making of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception.

North, who offers his voice for other popular video game characters including the Prince of Persia and Assassin's Creed's Desmond Miles, revealed the news during the Uncharted 3 San Diego Comic-Con panel yesterday. Apparently, it will be more like a yearbook than a technical behind-the-scenes read.

An interesting announcement, and we look forward to a bit more information. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception launches exclusively for PlayStation 3 on November 1. [SOURCE]
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Who was there: From Naughty Dog there was creative director Amy Hennig, cinematic production lead Taylor Kurosaki, and lead cinematics animator Josh Scherr. These three were accompanied by members of the acting cast, including Nolan North, who plays Nathan Drake; Emily Rose, who does Elena Fisher; and Richard McGonagle, the actor behind Victor Sullivan.

What they talked about: While the panel was largely focused on the motion capture techniques behind the Uncharted series, one consistent theme was the importance of Naughty Dog’s collaborative spirit within everything the studio does. Hennig stressed early on that any member of the development team has to “check their ego at the door” when they come on board, which leads to an environment where staffers feel comfortable bouncing ideas off one another in a free-spirited work environment--an atmosphere that Naughty Dog has previously called “messy and chaotic in a good way.”

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With just under 6 months till release, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception is not only one of 2011's most anticipated titles, but one of the most anticipated sequels in gaming history. Below is a recent video from a motion capture session where we see some of the actors (including Nolan North) perform scenes from the upcoming title. Naughty Dog even discusses how their technology contrasts with that of upcoming detective drama by Team Bondi; L.A. Noire.

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