An Unlikely Alliance
Naughty Dog gave Sony’s Sid Shuman an early look at Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. The game is a standalone expansion to the story of Uncharted 4 starring Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross.
For those who played the past games in the Uncharted series, you’ll know that Nadine and Chloe aren’t exactly friends. Their motivations and moral compasses are often at odds with each other. Nadine is the level headed, to-the-point leader of Shoreline, the mercenary, militarized group that looks for ancient relics with TNT. Chloe on the other hand is a more on-the-fly decision maker. She tends to let her situation dictate her next move, and she’ll only make the moves if it benefits her.
So why then, are these two vastly differing women working together? Well, Shoreline is teetering on the edge of collapse. After the group bungled their efforts in Uncharted 4, Nadine needs the money. Chloe needs someone with military experience for her latest adventure: the hunt for the Tusk of Ganesh. The reason Chloe needs Nadine is that they are vying for the priceless relic with a warlord named Asav.
The two will have to put aside their different views for this common goal. Creative Director Shaun Escayg says this of their pairing: “They’re opposites. Chloe is spontaneous and impulsive, where Nadine is by the book, structured. That made for a good pairing.” If Naughty Dog is good at one thing, it’s bringing their characters to life with an unmatched humanity and a grounded realism. No doubt Chloe and Nadine will have a dynamic arc throughout their adventure.
The Lost Legacy is set 6-12 months after the events of Uncharted 4, and moves the action to the southern tip of India. This gives the team the chance to work with new colors and environments that haven’t been explored in the series yet. Here is Escayg on the new locale:
“Beautiful, big landscapes to traverse and explore, that sense of a surprise around every corner. We wanted to bring more of that back.”
The new location isn’t all the team at Naughty Dog is working on to make The Lost Legacy stand out in the series. Using lessons learned and feedback from the fans on Uncharted 4, Game Director Kurt Margenau and crew are fine tuning the already tight gameplay of UC4. Chloe and Nadine will be romping through jungles, mountains, temples, and war-torn cities in their quest for the Tusk.
One of the main objectives of the Naughty Dog team is to make areas bigger while still maintaining the flow of linear story telling. Thankfully it doesn’t look like the Uncharted series will be entering the realm of Ubisoft branded open-world games anytime soon. They are however working on the “the biggest [area] ever for an Uncharted game…” Even larger than the Madagascar section of UC4. According to Margenau, the area is much larger and organic and leaves a lot of room for player choice. This section of the game will be dotted with shootouts, environmental puzzles, and for the meticulous explorers out there, plenty of hidden treasures and secrets.
New, Refined Gameplay
A new addition to the series is the silenced pistol. This is significant because it’s not often in Uncharted that you were provided with both a stealthy and lethal weapon. Another new, to single player anyway, weapon is C4. The explosive is one of the more popular in multiplayer, so Naughty Dog decided to let Chloe and Nadine take it with them on their journey.
This wouldn’t be an Uncharted game without the pulse pounding set pieces, and Naughty Dog promises to deliver. It’s obvious the team loves designing things like the iconic train scene in Uncharted 2 (God it was so amazing). Margenau says scenes like that in The Lost Legacy will do “things we’ve never done.” That was all he was willing to divulge.
The short answer, probably at home playing Crash Bandicoot in his underwear, attempting to beat his daughter’s new high score. Here is Writer Josh Scherr on the subject of Nathan Drake making a cameo in The Lost Legacy:
“We entertained a few possible ideas around including Nate as a secondary character, but everything we did felt superfluous because we tied it all up with Uncharted 4.”
Kurt Margenau offered a more direct answer: “We’re not going to touch on Nathan Drake in this, at all.” I suppose Uncharted 4 was subtitled “A Thief’s End” for a reason.
You geeks can check out the trailer for The Lost Legacy below. The standalone project will be out later this year. Naughty Dog is saying it is longer than The Last of Us: Left Behind, but shorter than Uncharted 4. Those of you that picked up Uncharted 4 Digital Deluxe Edition or the Explorer’s Pack before December 13th of 2016 will receive The Lost Legacy on day one. The rest of us will have to shell out an as of yet undisclosed amount for the adventures of Chloe and Nadine in India.
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