Hi PlayStation Nation. I’m Anna Ritchie, writing to you all from the Sony headquarters in New York. Back in March, you may have heard about our Uncharted 3 make.believe contest where we invited Uncharted fans to participate in a contest to win the opportunity of a lifetime – the chance to become their very own character in Uncharted 3. Well, today I’m here to share with you the winner and his incredible journey.
Sony make.believe is all about fans using their creativity and imagination to do something amazing, and bringing their dreams to life. Earlier this year Sony gave fans the opportunity to become immortalised in the blockbuster game, Uncharted 3, by sending them to ‘training camp’ to compete in a series of three online challenges, held in the US and Europe. The winners from these challenges were flown to LA and treated in true VIP style, to compete in a live multi-player tournament event.
Sony provided a truly make.believe experience to the competitors as they converged on the Sony Pictures Lot, engaging in a full day of activities including behind the scenes access to Sony, and training from the Uncharted experts themselves – Nolan North and Emily Rose – the actors behind Drake and Elena. The experience culminated in a final audition in front of an esteemed panel of judges represented by the Naughty Dog team and the Uncharted actors. The contestant who demonstrated his/her best adventure hero qualities would realise their dream of becoming a character in Uncharted 3’s multi-player.
After much deliberation, one winner emerged triumphant for the exclusive and ultimate prize – to spend the day at Naughty Dog Studios to help become a playable character in the Uncharted 3 multi-player game.
Jeremy “Spyder” Gallant was the lucky winner and saw his video game character come to life. Jeremy spent the day with the creative team at Naughty Dog for the ultimate experience worthy of any gamer’s dream. He provided input into the all the aspects of his character – the look, the moves, the weaponry, costume, voice, and of course his signature backflip taunt. Jeremy had the rare opportunity to suit up in motion-capture gear, receive one-on-one training with Nolan North, (aka Nathan Drake) and character direction from Amy Hennig, creative director for Uncharted 3.
Jeremy sums up his experience: “Designing a video game character is unbelievable to me, yet simultaneously it has proven to be completely tangible. I wish to share the feeling with everyone who has ever felt incapable of accomplishment or below the standards of the society around them. Put everything you’ve got into what you truly love and believe in, and you will be rewarded in spades. I am thrilled, grateful and overjoyed with the opportunity I received and ultimately winning the prize of a lifetime. I’m in a video game! Thank you Sony and Naughty Dog! Stay gold!”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Take a look at Jeremy’s story here and be on the lookout for the release of Jeremy’s multiplayer character in Uncharted 3’s next patch, 1.13, releasing next month!
Experience imagination made real at Facebook.com/Sony. Check out the Sony make.believe tab to relive the Uncharted experience and take a closer look at the creativity and imagination it took to make one person’s dream a reality.