Naughty Dog and Sony Interactive Entertainment have done it again. What is it, one might ask? Well, “Uncharted: The Lost Legacy,” of course. The newest addition to the game series is slated for release on August 22, 2017, and is exclusively on PlayStation 4 (PS4).
The standalone expansion game will cost Americans $40 and Canadians $50. The United Kingdom’s official PlayStation (PS) Twitter page confirmed the game will be available on August 23. However, it does not give a price.
The Uncharted game series has gained momentum since its release of “Uncharted 2: Amoung Thieves,” which came out in 2009. However, the critically acclaimed game series became even more popular when it released its newest edition, “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End” (U4), which came out in 2016.
Along with the pre-order purchase of “Uncharted: The Lost Legacy,” fans will also receive a digital copy of the PlayStation 2 (PS2) classic, “Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy,” free of charge. In an announcement, at the beginning of April, it was confirmed that all four of Naughty Dog’s Jak and Daxter games will be available for PS4, as PS2 classics, later in 2017.
Fans who pre-order the game will receive an “Uncharted: The Lost Legacy” theme, which was created by Truant Pixel. Furthermore, gamers who bought the U4 Digital Deluxe Edition, Explorer’s Pack, or Triple Pack will get The Lost Legacy as a digital download, on the day it is released. However, they are not qualified for the pre-order bonus. “Uncharted: The Lost City” will include the multiplayer game and survival mode from Uncharted 4.
Reviewers have praised the Uncharted games for their high production values. The games have been compared to Hollywood-production action adventure films, like Indiana Jones. This is because of their storytelling, animation, character design, voice acting, gameplay mechanics, and realistic graphics. The newest addition is sure to please the masses.
Chloe Hires Nadine for Combat Help
“Uncharted: The Lost Legacy” will not feature its iconic protagonist Nathan Drake. This seems like a bit of a scary adventure for Naughty Dog creators, seeing as Drake has been in every one of the games, as its center. Instead, the new game will feature Chloe as its main character. The Lost Legacy will lead gamers, on her quest with Nadine, in search of the Tusk of Ganesh.
Chloe and Nadine are not really close friends, for that matter, they barely know one another. So it seems like a weird mash-up throwing the two together in a standalone game. However, if Naughty Dog’s other Uncharted games are any indication, of the new game to come, fans will not be disappointed.
“Uncharted: The Lost Legacy” takes place about six months after U4 and will reflect on the franchise’s past. The new protagonist, Chloe, hires U4’s Nadine, because of her affiliation with a man named Asav, the Lost Legacy’s villain. He is also hunting the Tusk, which is a jewel honoring Ganesh. It was created by the Hoysala people, who of course, do not exist in the real world.
Chloe’s story will be at the forefront of The Lost Legacy’s gaming experience, as gamers learn about her father, as well as her cultural heritage. Fans may not know that she is part Indian, and has not been to her country in a long time. Therefore, Hinduism is going to play a key role in the narrative.
According to IGN, Naughty Dog is going to tie the stories and culture of the Hindu gods as well as the Hoysala Empire, and the kings that ruled there, to the protagonist’s story. As the game progresses the duo’s relationship evolves. Nadine’s character is similar to that of Sam’s in U4. Chloe and her new sidekick learn to trust one another as the storyline commences, and help each other in combat more.
‘Uncharted: The Lost Legacy’ Built Off of U4
Game designer, James Cooper, said that the upcoming installment is the “single largest level we’ve ever done in Uncharted.” Cooper is referring to the Western Ghats, which is one of two locations that Game Informer (GI) magazine demoed. GI added that it is larger than “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End’s,” Madagascar level.
In The Lost Legacy, Chloe records environmental findings, that she and Nadine explore, on her phone, which was revealed at the PlayStation Experience (PSX). During the demo, GI was also able to drive Chloe’s jeep, which had a winch like the vehicles in U4.
GI reports that there may even be cameos of other familiar characters from “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.” Co-writer, Josh Scherr, teased fans that gamers may even hear Chloe and Nadine bring up Drake in conversation. This will be interesting, seeing as they have very different relationships with the treasure hunter.
Fans will be happy to hear that Naughty Dog’s development team is taking the feedback they received, from its last installment of the series, and are adding more puzzles. They are also adding fewer crates, which will help the hero’s of the game navigate the world better.
Why Not Use More Predominate Characters for the New Game?
Naughty Dog developers did consider other characters as their protagonist, for the new game, like Sully and Sam. They even toyed with the idea of making Cassie, Drake and Elena’s daughter, the main player.
However, because of Sully’s age and enlistment in the Navy, it prevented the team from looking back at certain periods in his life, so, he was nixed from the list. Cassie’s age stopped the Naughty Dog team from making her the protagonist. This is because in the Uncharted universe guns, bombs and killing people are at the forefront, and they felt she was too young to place a gun in her hands.
This is why Choe and Nadine were picked. Yes, they are two lesser characters of the Uncharted game series, but their storylines have been untouched, giving Naughty Dog the chance to explore the dynamic duo and the franchise to the fullest.
Unfortunately, fans may be disappointed to hear that co-president of Naughty Dog, Evan Wells, said, “Naughty Dag doing an Uncharted after this is unlikely.” However, Wells did not rule it out completely.
Opinion News by Tracy Blake
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