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Published on November 8th, 2007 | by Daniel David

Uncharted Demo Region Locked, Could Be Unlocked (Updated)

There was quite an uprising today from PS3 owners when many European and Japanese PS3 owners went onto the North American PSN to download Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune demo to only to figure out it wouldn’t play.

Sam Thompson, Line Producer for Uncharted confirmed that only North American PS3 could play the demo. Reason is that they wanted the North American owners to play the game first since it releasing in only two weeks. People who downloaded and tried to play the Uncharted demo it said to insert disc. They ask for your forgiveness.

All may not be lost though. In the comments section on the Playstation Blog Sam Thompson had this to say:

Hi guys and gals,

We hear you loud and clear. Wanted to chime in here and let you know that we have shared your frustration with the Naughty Dog team and we are going to see what we can do. I will be back tomorrow with an update, but in the meantime I hope you can be patient and bear with us. As you have learned through communicating with Evan and Amy on the blog, Naughty Dog is a studio that listens to gamers, so I hope to have good news for you soon.


Hopefully Naughty Dog can pull this off and unlock Uncharted since the PS3 is region free after all. Funny how a demo has caused such an uproar but I have full confidence that Naughty Dog will deliver. The Uncharted demo is awesome by the way, hope everyone gets to experience it.

Update: Christophe Balestra, Co-President of Naughty Dog has confirmed on the Playstation Blog that the Uncharted demo has been unlocked.

We absolutely did not plan the demo to be region locked. As soon as we figured out the problem existed, Sam Thompson called me and I jumped into my car, drove to the office and fixed it right away. It’s an honest mistake and we didn’t try to prevent anybody from enjoying the Uncharted demo. I feel even more sorry because most of the people who experienced the problem are in Europe and I’m European myself.

You got to love Christophe Balestra and Naughty Dog for this.

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