Originally conceived as a simple story driven expansion to a hit PlayStation 4 game, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy evolved into something much bigger than Naughty Dog realized. This new title features a number of firsts for the series, including a brand new storyline and a playspace located in the Western Ghats that is significantly larger than the biggest zone in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. For the first time in franchise history, players will no longer be putting on Nathan Drake’s half-tucked shirt and instead be playing as the treasure hunter, Chloe Frazer.
In a new developer diary trailer, Naughty Dog addresses the fact that the longtime protagonist is sitting this game out for the first time. According to creative director Shaun Escayg, the studio felt as though Drake’s story had truly wrapped up in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. As such, Naughty Dog wanted to start fresh for Uncharted: The Lost Legacy and pull in new characters that could potentially carry on the franchise legacy and show fans that the series is more than just Nathan Drake.
Before this standalone experience got as big as it now is, the team originally conceived it as a smaller and more contained expansion. At first, Samuel Drake and Victor Sullivan were in the lead to head up this new chapter, Naughty Dog felt it was too close to Uncharted 4’s story. Ultimately, the story centered around fan favorite, Chloe Frazer, as she sets out to explore her past. Nadine Ross was then paired with Chloe due to their differing personalities and motivations, which should lead to some interesting story moments for both of them.
For those who are interested in experiencing the Drake-less journey, Sony is offering a few different ways to gain access to the game. Players who purchased the Digital Deluxe, Triple Pack, or Explorer’s Pack for Uncharted 4, will still receive Uncharted: The Lost Legacy for free when it launches later this month. Alternatively, the standalone game is available for pre-order digitally or from retail for $39.99 and gives players access to Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy for the PlayStation 4.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy launches exclusively on PlayStation 4 starting August 22.