Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Without Nathan Drake Is The Right Move

by | Aug 11, 2017 | Feature

Adieu, Nathan Drake. We will miss your soggy half-tucks and granite grip. We bid a fond farewell to the man of a million cliff jumps and usher in a new(ish) set of treasure hunters to Uncharted, Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross. The question now is how will the retirement of series mainstay Nathan Drake and the introduction of two new protagonists change the dynamic of the game? As Naughty Dog sunsets Drake & Co. while elevating Chloe to star status (with Nadine playing the role of Sully), they simultaneously maintain the integrity of the franchise and give players a fresh take on the world of Uncharted.

What is The Lost Legacy?

In Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, players take control of Chloe Frazer. Introduced in Uncharted 2, Among Thieves as a thief and fellow treasure hunter, the new expansion gives Ms. Frazer her own adventure — one complete with its own specialized McGuffin.

Like Nathan and Sully before her, all great Uncharted heroes need a solid backup. Frazer enlists the grit and expertise of Shorelinemercenary Nadine Ross to aid in her journey. Nadine played a pivotal role in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End as the woman who kicked Nathan Drake out of all those windows and generally made “Uncharting” a living hell for “the good guys”.

The Lost Legacy takes Nadine and Chloe, both veteran Uncharted explorers, on a mad hunt through India searching for the Tusk of Ganesha. Standing in their way is series newcomer Asav, a war-monger and Nadine’s former colleague. The trio will collide on the road to glory as they battle for the rights to The Tusk.

Uncharted Waters

Chloe admires Nadine’s hair, ignoring the beautiful vista before her

The Uncharted series boasts spectacular set pieces, engaging story, its wise-cracking hero, and his cadre of colorful companions. For the past 10 years, the series has done an excellent job cultivating a wealth of engaging personalities fans can interact with. From Sullivan to Tenzin, Naughty Dog worked to craft a strong world outside of the main protagonist.

The Uncharted series moves on from Nate in this latest entry. Chloe and Nadine serve as a fan-friendly transition into a new era of the franchise; a franchise with the versatility to tell new and engaging stories with a fresh set of characters each time. Nathan’s departure opens the door to all new opportunities for the series.

It’s Lethal Weapon, but with Treasures and Such

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

I’ll never let go, Chloe! I’ll never let go!

Nadine and Chloe bring a different dynamic to the Uncharted series. While we are accustomed to the unbreakable family bond between Sully, Nate, and Elena, our new duo will be more akin to new partners, Riggs and Murtaugh, in their first Lethal Weapon outing. Chloe is in search of the Tusk of Ganesha for personal reasons, well beyond simply playing keep away with Asav. Nadine is in it for the cash as a gun for hire. Their journey will be contentious at first, leading to a stronger, more trust-based bond later.

The dynamic of both characters will be the catalyst for The Lost Legacy’s success. How will these two bad ladies work together to take down an even worse guy in Asav? The duo’s interactions will inform how well they work together or how bitterly they work against one another.

The business-first companionship integrates story and gameplay unlike any Uncharted outing. Along with more open-world exploration, this side story aims to show fans that the series has many other places to go, stories to tell, and enhancements to introduce.

Starting a New Legacy

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Sprawling underground cave castles. A staple of Uncharted.

Nadine and Chloe give fans a wider glimpse of this world Nathan lived in. Having different protagonists and character dynamics gives Uncharted a fresh feel. The use of established characters gives fans the tether to the original franchise that many may be looking for. It is truly Uncharted territory with The Lost Legacy, and the future is looking bright.

Rest easy, Nathan, the ladies got this one.


* Edited by Colette Smith of Fandom


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