Is Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception based on The English Patient?

By Patrick Avenell

SYDNEY, NSW: Sony Computer Entertainment has today announced the impending release of its exclusive third instalment of the Uncharted franchise. Subtitled ‘Drake’s Deception’, this game “blurs the entertainment boundaries”, according to a spokesperson, with adrenalin rushes, thrills and mystery.

Some of the finer details about this release, such as the exact date and the RRP, have not yet been revealed, though Sony did provide this description of the gameplay:

“The journey propels fortune hunter Nathan Drake on a daring trek into the heart of the Arabian Desert, a journey that pits him and his mentor Victor Sullivan against the occult treachery of a shadowy clandestine organization and its ruthless leader.  When the terrible secrets of this lost city are unearthed, Drake’s quest descends into a desperate bid for survival that strains the limits of his endurance and forces him to confront his deepest fears.”

All sounds very exciting. Also of interest to was the packaging of this game. As pictured below, this game seems to be targeted not only at gamers, but also literary and high culture fans, with the cover photo bearing a striking resemblance to the promotional material for the 1997 epic romance ‘The English Patient’.

Although the film won nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture, it is not regarded as a fast-paced film, with much of the film's 162-minute running time dedicated to Ralph Fiennes looking wistfully into the middle distance. Let’s hope Nathan Drake does indeed get up to more adventure.


This is the packaging for Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception.

This is one of the official posters for The English Patient. Film fans will know that in the first scene of this film, that plane in the background crashes into the desert, much like in the Uncharted image.

When asked to comment on this resemblance, a Sony spokesperson laughed.

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