What may be the last ever piece of additional content for the Uncharted series is growing ever closer to its release, with the upcoming Uncharted: The Lost Legacy basing its adventure around series regular Chloe Frazer – pairing her up with former Uncharted 4 antagonist Nadine Ross. While it was clear from the initial trailer that this adventure wouldn't base itself around series protagonist Nathan Drake, it was only confirmed today that the popular adventurer wouldn't appear via cameo in the standalone story.
The confirmation comes straight from the Sony PlayStation Blog, with Game Director Kurt Margenau revealing that a cameo from Nathan Drake was something the studio had considered, but ultimately just didn't feel right – Drake's story had been told and wrapped up nicely, so having him re-appear here would have felt a little too forced. Here's how Margenau weighed in on the decision:
"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. We’re not going to touch on Nathan Drake in this, at all."
Margenau also joked that fans could imagine Drake sitting on the couch playing Crash Bandicoot as the events of The Lost Legacy unfold, making a solid reference to one of Uncharted 4's most nostalgia-inducing moments. While Nathan's trademark humor will be missed, it's probably a good decision that Naughty Dog doesn't spoil the sendoff the studio has already given him; let's leave the obligatory cameos to Stan Lee for the time being.
While Nathan Drake won't appear in the upcoming standalone expansion, it's possible that Nathan Drake's brother Sam may make an appearance, though this is just based on popular hearsay. What is confirmed is that Chloe and Nadine will be taking on a war-profiteer named Asav, who will be striving to get his mitts on a powerful ancient Indian artifact. Margenau also stated that the game will feature the biggest area ever seen in an Uncharted game, which should provide avid treasure hunters with plenty to play with.
What do you think about Nathan Drake not appearing in Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, Ranters?
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is currently in production for the PlayStation 4, and has no confirmed release date.
Source: PlayStation Blog