Level 15 has the first pay wall, and $20 removes the cap completely.
Naughty Dog and Sony have released a downloadable Game of the Year edition of 'Uncharted 3' for $40. Alongside this full version of the game, the two companies are also introducing a free-to-play version of the game's multiplayer mode. The mode is free, but caps the player's level at 15. For $5 the cap will rise to 25, and for $20 the cap will be completely removed.
Sony tried something similar with 'Killzone 3' last year, but the free-to-play model is something more normal for PC and mobile players. Naughty Dog is hoping to derive a new approach to multiplayer design, and Naughty Dog game director Justin Richmond has specified that free-to-play represents one avenue the company is exploring for its future titles, "This is the first offering and we'll get fan feedback and all of that kind of stuff and it will certainly inform what we will do with our games here on out for sure.
"This isn't just an Uncharted thing or a Last of Us thing; it's sort of going forward, whatever we do. I think this is going to be a 'how it works'; there is going to be a component that is digital-only, or a component that is free-to-play ... that is something that we'll see what happens. If it's a complete disaster maybe we will rethink it. But right now we're very excited for it. I think this is something that is going to pave the way for stuff that we are thinking about for the future."
Justin went on to explain that the team had free-to-play as possibility for the 'Uncharted' multiplayer for some time, "that's how we're going to start building stuff from now on, then yeah, if we wanted to kick it out, if we felt like that was the right idea to kick out the multiplayer separately, we could totally do that technically.
"I don't know [if we will]. I think we'll find out a lot with this free-to-play experiment."