Will the Uncharted franchise survive without its hero, Nathan Drake? In time for the release of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, Naughty Dog has spoken about the development of the standalone game for PlayStation and why they think the installment would go on with different protagonists.
Naughty Dog is set to release Uncharted: The Lost Legacy in a few weeks and, despite the absence of Nathan Drake, the company is confident that the game will be a success. This time around, the story will center on Chloe Frazer, a character who first appeared in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and was briefly mentioned in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.
“The reason we moved away from Drake was that we felt that we wrapped that story up on Uncharted 4,” Naughty Dog creative director Shaun Escayg said. “That’s really the motivation to find a new cast of characters that could carry on the Uncharted legacy.”
The new hero of the franchise, Chloe Frazer, is, like Nathan, a treasure hunter by profession and thief for hire. She is of Indian-Australian descent. Of course, she worked with Nathan a few times and, therefore, a familiar face to fans of the franchise. The game also includes Nadine Ross, a secondary antagonist in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.
Uncharted Without Nathan Drake
That said, Naughty Dog is confident that the Uncharted franchise will go on without Nathan Drake at its forefront. Video game director Kurt Margenau commented that fans should be aware that the franchise is bigger than its protagonists.
In a previous interview with Game Spot, Margenau explained that the company has always known that the franchise will move forward. Moreover, losing Nathan Drake is godsent because the team was able to start fresh and explore certain characters and story lines that otherwise will not get the screen time they deserve. “[T]o build them to be as fully featured and complex as Nathan Drake, but in a different way,” he said.
Initially, the developers also considered Sam Drake or Victor “Sully” Sullivan as the next protagonists before they decided on Chloe Prince and Nadine Ross. The Lost Legacy still has all the elements of an Uncharted game that fans know and love, but it should be able to stand on its own. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy will be released on Aug. 22. It will be available on the PS4 for $40.