Very curious about diving into this now that it's F2P.
As with most F2P releases, you'll be able to level up a certain amount, up to level 15 of 75 in this case, for free. $5 will unlock levels up to 25, $20 will unlock all the way to level 75. Individual items, whatever they may be, will be around $0.99 each.
"The thing that's most interesting is what does it do to the population of the community? How many more players will we get? How many players will buy in-game items? How many will just play the free version? How many will ignore the co-op? How many will buy level upgrades?"
"If this model were to take off like gangbusters and perform at a level that turned the eyes of Sony, then I have no doubt that would play a hand in the future of how these games are approached from the beginning. For now, we're just testing the waters." - Robert Cogburn
I have two questions regarding this, will we see a lot of freemium models on PS4 if this succeeds and where's line between a good freemium service and an exploitive one? Because there'll be plenty of companies wanting to push that boundary as far as they can go.
I also wonder if it can carve an eSports niche out for itself, I do recall an Uncharted 3 event on the fighting game stream of one of the big MLG events last year, but MLG's fighting game stream barely gets 1000 viewers at its biggest events in comparison to the hundreds of thousands who tune into League of Legends and Starcraft II. So as far as I'm concerned, it is yet to be seen what Uncharted's multi-player can add to competitive gaming.
For now I can only applaud Naughty Dog for trying and hope they don't screw it up for potential downloadable games in the future.