Uncharted 3 goes free-to-play in PSN multiplayer experiment

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PS3 owners are being offered the chance to download the multiplayer part of Naughty Dog's Uncharted 3 for free.

The developer and Sony have decided to split the game into chunks as PS3 takes further tentative steps into the burgeoning free-to-play sector.

Players will be restricted to a Level 15 cap, after which they can choose to pay for an extension to Level 25 or to remove the cap completely all the way up to Level 75.

Any advances made while being capped will be remembered and automatically implemented if a player pays up, Joystiq reports. Naughty Dog has also pledged to continue developing for the title, with two men at the studio dedicated exclusively to it.

A host of other premium DLC will be available, too, including extra characters. The game's co-op components and single player section will also be made available as premium downloads.

"We've looked at some models for other games, though nothing really played too great an influence on us," lead game designer Robert Cogburn told the site.

"We kind of just broke down the game a la carte. You can get the single-player, or the competitive, or the co-op. Or you can get the 'Game of the Year' edition for all of it."

"The idea behind trying these different options – or business models, arguably – is we're just trying to see what people might gravitate to. We're going to be keeping a close eye on this and it will be interesting to see what type of model ends up being the most popular."