At the 2016 Game Awards, Uncharted 4: A Theif’s End took home Best Narrative and Best Performance (Nolan North as Nathan Drake). Naughty Dog’s massively popular game was nominated eight times in six categories, but Blizzard’s Overwatch was the night’s biggest winner pulling in four awards, including Game of the Year. However, Uncharted 4‘s momentum has not slowed since it’s initial release in May of 2016.
The fourth, and final, game in the Nathan Drake saga effectively saw Drake’s official retirement from crime — complete with epilogue some 10+ years later. As popular as Drake et al. have been over the past decade, is there room for an Uncharted continuation without the face of the franchise? Naughty Dog thinks so.
In addition to revealing a sequel to The Last of Us, Naughty Dog has also unveiled an Uncharted DLC trailer at the PlayStation Experience Event. The eight minute video is set early in the game and follows a cloaked woman as she winds her way through the violent and war-ravaged streets of an unnamed city. By the end of the clip, viewers find that the mysterious woman is Chloe Frazer, an Uncharted staple since the second game; and she’s teaming up with Nadine Ross, one of the antagonists from A Thief’s End. The official synopsis of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is as follows:
“In order to recover a fabled ancient Indian artifact and keep it out of the hands of a ruthless war profiteer, Chloe Frazer must enlist the aid of renowned mercenary Nadine Ross (from Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End). Together, they’ll venture deep into the mountains of India in search of the legendary artifact. Along the way, they’ll learn to work together to unearth the mystery of the artifact, fight their way through fierce opposition, and prevent the region from falling into chaos.”
Of the unexpected team-up, Naughty Dog Creative Director, Shaun Escayg, had this to say:
“As the smooth-talking master thief who debuted in Uncharted 2, Chloe is not only one of our favorite characters, but we know she’s a favorite amongst our community. She’s also a strong and enigmatic character — in other words, perfect to be our lead protagonist in Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. We wanted this adventure to feature all of the hallmarks of the series, from cinematic storytelling set within exotic destinations, to dynamic combat and intricate puzzles.”
He goes on to clarify that Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is, in fact, a stand-alone game that will be available in stores and for digital download. All of the elements that make Uncharted so fun to play are still present in this new adventure even though Nathan Drake is noticeably absent. “When we began to plot out the story and our vision for the game, we realized we were building something more than an extension of Uncharted 4,” Escayg writes on the Naughty Dog blog.
Players can wait until The Lost Legacy is released, or they can get access by picking up Uncharted 4 Explorer’s Pack or the Digital Deluxe Edition; both of which will only be available until December 13, 2016.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is expected to hit shelves some time in 2017.
Source: Naughty Dog