There are few things in this world that make me as excited as Uncharted.
Announced earlier today at Sony’s PlayStation Experience show, the first standalone chapter in the Uncharted franchise, The Lost Legacy, looks like it’s going to be incredible. Originally conceived as DLC for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, the team at Naughty Dog quickly realized that their ambition and vision for The Lost Legacy was a little bit larger than your typical piece of DLC.
Now releasing as a standalone experience, The Lost Legacy is set to be longer than Left Behind (the DLC for The Last of Us), but shorter than Uncharted 4. While an official time has yet to be announced, I’m predicting that it will take around four hours to complete. Over on the PlayStation Blog, Naughty Dog writes that they “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.” If you’re a fan of Uncharted, like I am, then you probably just got really excited.
The real interesting thing though, the thing I’m most excited about, is that The Lost Legacy focuses on Chloe Frazer. Chloe is a fan-favorite character in the Uncharted franchise, but she was absent in Uncharted 4 earlier this year. A large number of fans (myself included) were sad to see Nathan Drake’s story come to a close without an appearance from one of his most beloved friends, so seeing her make her return for The Lost Legacy pleases me greatly. I’m interested to see how she plays differently from Nathan (the trailer shows her picking a lock), how this will evolve her character, and if we’ll get any connections to the rest of the Uncharted games.
Another interesting aspect is that one of the antagonists from Uncharted 4, Nadine Ross, is present in The Lost Legacy as well. She was definitely a badass fighter who was able to stand her ground against Nathan, but she had virtually no character arc or development to speak of. This led to a lot of people viewing her as boring and inconsequential to the plot, so I’m curious to see if they’ll expand on her character now that she’s going to have more room to shine. I’m also interested to see how exactly she and Chloe work together. They’re both strong independent women, so it could be interesting to see them butting heads while having to work together.
As for the actual plot, this is where I’m a little nervous. The Lost Legacy finds Chloe and Nadine in search of an ancient Indian artifact called the Tusk of Ganesh. What it is and what purpose it holds are still a mystery, but their hunt for it will be taking them to the mountains of India where they must stop a ruthless war profiteer who desires the Tusk for his own diabolical purposes. The plot in and of itself doesn’t sound too bad, but it does strike me as eerily similar to Uncharted 2, where you had to help Nathan find an ancient dagger before a deranged war criminal could get his hands on it. I hope the details will be different, but I can’t shake the voice of doubt in the back of my head.
Although no release date or price point has been announced, I wouldn’t be surprised to see it release sometime between January and April. Those who purchased the season pass for Uncharted 4 will get The Lost Legacy as a download on launch, but it will also be available to buy both digitally and physically for everyone else. The fact that it’s getting a physical release is something I appreciate immensely, since it means I won’t have to spend forever and a day downloading it. It also helps that I collect video games and would love to have another Uncharted game on my shelf.
How about you? Are you excited for The Lost Legacy? Do you wish they had gone a different direction than this? Let me know in the comments below.
– Zack Burrows