- Uncharted 4: The Lost Legacy release date: August 22, 2017
- Format: PS4
- Developer: Naughty Dog
- Price: $40/ £28.99
Uncharted fans rejoice! The sun may have set on our time with Nathan Drake, with Uncharted 4 closing his story, but that doesn’t mean the franchise is disappearing. Naughty Dog is working on a standalone experience called Uncharted: The Lost Legacy which is due to hit PS4 in August 2017, and will star Chloe Frazier and Nadine Ross from U4. Here’s a round-up of all the details we have so far about the project, and when you'll get your hands on the final game.
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Uncharted 4: The Lost Legacy trailer stars fan favorites Chloe and Nadine
This new standalone Uncharted chapter debuted to the world with the release of nearly nine minutes of gameplay. Our hero for this upcoming title will be Chloe Frazer. Players first met the sharp-witted Aussie back in Uncharted 2, and the roar of the crowd when she appeared beneath the head scarf during the PlayStation Experience reveal shows just how excited fans are to spend more time with the master thief.
This game also promises to show a new side to Nadine Ross. She might have been the antagonist to the Drake brothers in Uncharted 4, but here she looks to be on the player’s side. The combination of these two – given Chloe’s tendency toward the ethical grey area and Nadine’s ruthless mercenary past – means the game is shaping up to have compelling character stories. Perhaps it'll allow us to explore a slightly darker, less heroic side of the Uncharted universe.
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Uncharted 4: The Lost Legacy gameplay is classic Naughty Dog
Fans will be happy to see that the gameplay video covers lots of familiar ground. Most of the demo shows Chloe walking through an Indian city ravaged by war and unrest. She ducks through wire fences and hides in the shadows from armed guards on her way to a rendezvous with Nadine. She also goes through some classic manoeuvres, such as picking locks and edging along narrow wall ledges.
Once she arrives on the roof, you get a sense for the hand-to-hand combat. Chloe takes out her assailants at close range, with a few assists from her surroundings and from good old gravity. Her martial arts moves are looking pretty sweet. Thanks to the Naughty Dog developers, we know that Chloe and Nadine are after an item called the Tusk of Ganesh. Their search will take them to multiple locations around India. Some of the areas will allow for more open exploration than those in Uncharted 4, so expect to spend extra time poking around the hidden corners of the game’s environments.
This is very much an Uncharted game, as the name suggests. According to Creative Director, Shaun Escayg, it has: "Deep narrative with complex character development, all-new destinations, refined gameplay, and blockbuster cinematic moments". Sounds good to us.
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Uncharted 4: The Lost Legacy run time - how long is it?
Speaking of time, how much of that gameplay will we be getting? During its panel at PlayStation Experience, the Naughty Dog devs said that Lost Legacy is longer than the Left Behind DLC for The Last of Us, but shorter than Uncharted 4. Left Behind is only about two hours long, maybe three if you take your time, so that leaves a pretty big range of scope. Considering that Lost Legacy started as a continuation chapter for Uncharted 4 but grew in scale to become a standalone, we’re hoping that means it’ll be a hefty amount of play time.
On the Naughty Dog blog, Shaun Escayg says: "When we began to plot out the story and our vision for the game, we realized we were building something more than an extension of Uncharted 4, and instead, a standalone story in the Uncharted universe." This also implies it's quite substantial.
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Uncharted 4: The Lost Legacy release date is August 22, 2017
We know that Uncharted 4: The Lost Legacy will be available for download on August 22, 2017, which isn't too far away. Anyone who bought the Uncharted 4 Digital Deluxe Edition or the Explorer’s Pack before December 13 will get Lost Legacy as a free download. No word yet on what the price might be for those who missed out on that bargain access option, but it's likely we'll get that information real soon.
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