All future Uncharted 4 multiplayer maps and modes DLC will be offered free to all players in an effort to ensure the game benefits from a unified community, Naughty Dog has announced.
In addition, all vanity and gameplay in-store items will be unlockable through gameplay, though these items will also be purchasable.
The decision to make this content free came about via four core pillars for the game.
Fairness first: We strongly believe that players must be on an even playing field. To do this, we made Relics, a currency that can only be earned through gameplay and will be able to unlock all DLC, present and future. We will be putting future gameplay items ranging from Mysticals to Boosters into DLC Gameplay Chests. Each Chest will contain new gameplay items.
An evolving experience: We intend to keep the Uncharted 4 multiplayer experience as fresh as possible for as long as possible. Over time, Naughty Dog will release a variety of new maps, modes and gameplay items at no additional cost (including co-op), that will introduce new rules and play styles.
DLC accessible to everyone: It was our goal from the start to give players the ability to earn DLC items through gameplay. No DLC item is available exclusively using Uncharted Points.
Unified community: The idea of delivering our DLC this way was greatly influenced by the goal of having a unified community. Maps and modes will be available to everyone on the same day. This will ensure that all players are kept together and experience new content at the same time.
In-game items are bought using relics. "You acquire Relics by either completing daily Challenges or winning matches, and you can spend them on DLC Chests. You will be able to pick between a DLC Vanity Chest or a DLC Gameplay Chest; when you open it, you’ll earn new items. Neither chest type will ever give you a duplicate item," explains Naughty Dog. Alternatively you can buy Uncharted Points using real money on the PlayStation Store, which in turn can be used to instantly unlock items.
All this is separate to the Triple Pack DLC expansion, available to buy for £19.99. This includes the first-ever single-player story add-on for the Uncharted series, plus two multiplayer packs, detailed below.
As for when all this content will arrive, check the roadmap below.
Pre-order Uncharted 4 now ahead of its release on May 10.