“It was daunting” Sean told BBC Newsbeat. “Once we had worked out a new story we were committed to it.”
Known for being adventurous, a smart alec and most of all, a total heart-throb, Nathan Drake’s story finished at the end of Uncharted 4. Check out the Cinematic Trailer below. Game is released on August 23rd, 2017.
The upcoming title, due to be released next month, instead focuses on the adventures of Chloe Frazer, who first appeared in the second Uncharted game as a secondary character. This time, however, the spotlight will be on her.
“She’s an interesting character, she’s pretty mysterious, we don’t know much about her and yet she’s still a fan favourite,” Sean commented.
“There’s wasn’t any concern or any preoccupation with the fact that we weren’t using Nathan any more. We were so invested into the Chloe story that it just started to move on its own. The team bought in, pitching ideas and we’re pretty excited about it.”
As much as Nathan Drake’s departure is a shame, Sean says that the change of a lead character will have a notable impact on the game. After all, at least the legacy is still ongoing:
“The very nature of Chloe changes things, she’s a thief and a hustler. This very un-heroic approach to life, in comparison to Nathan Drake, is shifting the tone and experience of the game.”
Alongside Chloe, will be her sidekick Nadine Ross, leader of the paramilitary organisation Shoreline, and secondary antagonist in the last Uncharted game.
“We explored pairing Chloe with other characters from this universe” Sean explained further. “Nadine was just the best fit, we’re pretty proud we have two female lead characters.
“We’re not ones that would shy away from that, we just pursue the best story no matter what.”
Sean also hopes that the new game will appeal to long time fans of the franchise, as well as attracting new players.
Originally planned as downloadable extra content for Uncharted 4, the title has now become a full game of its own. It’s sad to fans who’ve come to love Nathan Drake as a character to not see him in the new title, but as they say, all good things must come to an end. Plus, it’s always better to have a story end in an amazing way, than to have it drag out to the point where it’s no longer entertaining. It’ll be fun to play a new Uncharted game, with a fresh story and different main characters.
We’ll still miss you though, Nathan.
<Story by Emily Clark>
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