When Uncharted: The Lost Legacy was revealed at PSX last year, many questions arose as to what type of an expansion it will be. Will it be a more intimate affair like The Last of Us’ Left Behind DLC, or since it is a standalone expansion, will it be something bigger?
Speaking with Game Informer, Naughty Dog has shed some light on the nature of the expansion. When discussions about The Lost Legacy first began, Naughty Dog threw around the idea of Uncharted 5 but with many people working on The Last of Us 2 and the nice conclusion of Uncharted 4 it was decided to start something fresh.
Now knowing that they wanted to start something new, protagonists had to be settled upon. Sully was an obvious choice, but in order to tell a proper Sully story, the character would have to be younger which meant delving into a timeline they didn’t want to explore at the time. Nathan’s daughter Cassie was also considered but that might be saved for a potential new adventure down the line. The reintroduction of Chloe was ultimately settled on.
“We had the unique opportunity to do something that was truly stand-alone, unlike Left Behind which was like the missing chunk of the story in The Last of Us. This is something we can do completely independently while still in the same universe with the same characters, and exploring new relationships with them,” writer Josh Scherr said.
Left Behind was the original template for The Lost Legacy expansion but when story ideas began to take shape, the team realized that the expansion had to be much larger. “We tried to keep it small. As we started coming up with story ideas, it just became clear that with new characters and in this genre of Uncharted, it has to be big. With the gameplay stuff we wanted to explore, it felt like it needed more room to breathe,” game director Kurt Margenau said.
A release date hasn’t been announced yet, but stay tuned for more details on the expansion.