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'Uncharted 4' multiplayer maps and modes will be free forever

You can buy vanity items and weapons, but everything can be unlocked without paying a dime.
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For big studio games, downloadable content is often announced before the title even launches to keep the hype going. Naughty Dog's long-awaited Uncharted 4: A Thief's End launches on May 10th, but instead of charging fees for each content expansion, the studio will release all maps and gameplay modes for free.

Putting content and gameplay upgrades behind pay gates could make for an uneven playing field, Naughty Dog said in a blog post. All maps and modes will be released simultaneously, while the in-game currency, called Relics, can't be bought with real money. The studio has scheduled new content in seasonal expansions through spring 2017, with most maps and co-op dropping by fall 2016.

Meanwhile, so-called microtransactions will still be around in the form of "Uncharted Points," and while gamers can purchase vanity items and weapons with real money ahead of when they'd normally be unlocked, there are no exclusive items reserved for those dropping more cash on the game. Plug away long enough and every weapon and costume can be yours.

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