It was a while ago when Naughty Dog was famous solely for its Crash Bandicoot franchise. In the meantime, the studio from Santa Monica became a division of Sony Interactive Entertainment and is now making amazing games for PlayStation consoles. They are known for several successful franchises, including Jak and Daxter, The Last of Us and Uncharted. The latter one had four sequels so far, and in a few months, we will get the latest installment called The Lost Legacy.
Where Can We Fit Uncharted: The Lost Legacy?
First of all, it’s not a classic DLC. According to the developers, they didn’t want to place any restrictions on themselves when they were working on the game. When they sat down to work on the possible stories, they realized that they have a plot that could be more than ten hours long. That led them to think that The Lost Legacy could have a lot to offer and they didn’t want to keep it short.
On the other hand, it’s not Uncharted 5, so we are not talking about a sequel either. If we need to put The Lost Legacy in a particular category, it best fits to be a spin-off. It will be the biggest expansion to the series up to date – it will offer the cinematic storytelling, intriguing puzzles, and dynamic combat. As a result, it will be available as a standalone game.
What about the Details of the Plot?
We won’t get a story based on Nathan Drake, the main protagonist of the franchise. In fact, we won’t even get to see Drake – this was confirmed by people from the Naughty Dog. Instead, The Lost Legacy will focus on telling us more about fans’ two most beloved side characters. Chloe Frazer, the girl we know from Uncharted 2, will be the hero of this story, and she will be joined by Nadine Ross, the female character you know from Uncharted 4.
Chloe and Nadine will head off to India to look for The Tusk of Ganesha, a mythical treasure hidden somewhere in this exotic country. We still don’t know where exactly lies the power and value of this artifact, but it is something we will probably reveal as you progress through the game. The important thing is that you will need to keep a ruthless war profiteer from getting that Indian artifact or the world could be in big problem. If you are wondering about the timeline, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy takes place roughly less than a year after the final adventure of Nathan Drake.
There are some interesting things revealed about the plot. You see, both girls are integral to the mystery in their particular ways. India is Chloe’s native country she hasn’t visited in many years, which is why we can expect that she will deal with things from her past. Among other things, the relationship with her father will be the biggest focus. As for Nadine, we know that she has a history with Asav, the ruthless war profiteer and the main villain of the game.
Characters and Weapons
There shouldn’t be many surprises when it comes to the gameplay. If you had the chance to test Uncharted 4, everything will feel familiar. We do expect a bit more emphasis on the stealth part of the game, as well as hand-to-hand combat. As for the new abilities, we know so far that Chloe will have the skill to pick locks and sneak around to explore the environment quietly. Despite that, Miss Frazer is known as a witty person prone to improvisation.
Unlike her, Nadine Ross is more skillful. You might remember her because she kicked your ass in Uncharted 4. Nadine is an experienced tactician who knows how to deal with any situation in a calm and calculated way. You might say that she is the perfect contrast to Chloe, and we have yet to see how the two of them will fit in.
When it comes to the weapons the girls are carrying, we must mention the C4 that Chloe can use to both solve puzzles and blow up enemies (yes, explosives can be used in puzzle-solving, why is that strange?). Considering that Nadine is (or at least was) a gun-for-hire, we can expect that she will be shooting various weapons.
Regardless of your abilities or firing power, one thing is sure – you will have two different types of obstacles on your way. One of those two will be gangs of armed thugs trying to prevent you from reaching the ancient treasure first. For those of you who prefer to think, many ancient-themed puzzles will be at your disposal to solve. If we learned something from the previous installments in the franchise, the problems that Uncharted offers can be real head-crackers sometimes, which means that you shouldn’t expect that they will be easy to solve.
When Is the Release Date of the Game?
Depending on which continent you are on, the release date varies, but it’s only a 24-hour period. The players from North America will get to download Uncharted: The Lost Legacy on August 22, 2017, while the players from Europe will have that opportunity one day later (August 23).
There are no special editions of the game. Although it is a stand-alone title, The Lost Legacy only has a standard version. Aside from getting the game itself, if you purchase the LL add-on, you will get access to Survival and Multiplayer modes from Uncharted 4. There is also an exclusive pre-order bonus available for all of those who pre-order the new title since Naughty Dog decided to offer Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy free of charge to everybody who purchases the new Uncharted before its release date.
Considering that Sony owns Naughty Dog, it doesn’t come as a surprise that the game will be PlayStation exclusive. The current price is set at $40, which is a pretty fair deal, and you might want to buy it if you are a fan of the series.