PlayStation fans of the “Uncharted” games were upset when rumors of its last installment, “Uncharted 4: Thief’s End,” was going to be the end of the series. However, at the 2016 PlayStation Experience, developer Naughty Dog confirmed that they were not finished with the treasure hunting shooting game, just yet.
The 2016 PlayStation Experience took place from Dec. 3-4, at the Anaheim Convention Center, in California. Sony hosted panels and attendees were able to play unreleased games that were showcased on the floor. Gamers had access to over 100 different games and they could experience the PlayStation VR. Another perk to attending the convention was the opportunity to rub elbows with the developers.
PlayStation Experience Announces New Chapter to ‘Uncharted’
The announcement of the new PlayStation game “Uncharted: The Lost Legacy,” a standalone chapter to the series, has fans excited and ready to try it out, according to Comingsoon. The new addition to the series is launching exclusively on PlayStation 4 and is set in India, after “Uncharted 4” takes place.
The eight-minute demo trailer, for the new game, was released at the 2016 PlayStation Experience. In the video, a woman is shown in a hijab making her way through a decimated area. Along the way, she dodges a mass of untrustworthy military officers. The highly fueled situation within the city continues to follow the woman as she deals with obstinate soldiers and sneaks into a locked building.
Fans need not worry, two character favorites are making a comeback, in the new PlayStation 4 game, “Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.” At the end of the trailer, the woman in the hijab is revealed to be Chloe Frazer. She is known as the dark-haired vixen and was introduced into the game series in “Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.” She is on the side of the heroes. Chloe will be teaming up with Nadine Ross, the tougher-than-nails woman, who was introduced in “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.” She runs Shoreline and is known amongst gamers as a villain.
Unfortunately, the trailer released at the 2016 PlayStation Experience, did not offer much information about the gameplay, besides the two main characters. Furthermore, the release date was not announced either. Even more perplexing is whether or not it will be a full game, within the series, or an add-on with a few more hours of entertainment.
It will be interesting to see how well the new PlayStation 4 game, “Uncharted: The Lost Legacy,” will do without the main protagonist, Nathan Drake. He has been in all the “Uncharted” games and a fan favorite. However, it is speculated that Naughty Dog will find a way to reference this iconic treasure hunter in the new chapter.
PlayStation and Naughty Dog’s ‘Uncharted’ Games
The PlayStation “Uncharted” series is an action-adventure third-person shooter game. The developers included Naughty Dog, Bend Studio, and Bluepoint Games. It was published by Sony Interactive Entertainment.
The games started with “Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune,” released on Nov. 19, 2007, for the PlayStation 3. In this first installment of the games Nathan Drake, the main protagonist, travels to the Amazon and an unchartered island off the coast of South America, in search of the lost treasure of El Dorado. He discovers he is a descendant of explorer Sir Francis Drake. The young explorer is assisted by Elena Fisher and his mentor/father figure, Victor ‘Sully’ Sullivan.
As the quest for treasure takes place, gamers learn that the trio is being pursued by pirates, led by Eddy Raja. As the story unfolds, players discover that the group is also being pursued by mercenaries, led by Gabriel Roman and Atoq Navarro.
The PlayStation game, “Uncharted 2: Among Thieves” was also released for PlayStation 3, in 2009. This time Drake journeys to Nepal and the Himalayas. Of course. this time his search is different. Drake is looking for the lost city of Shambala. As with the first installment in the series, this one stays true to the casting. Elena and Sully are back to help Drake.
However, Chloe Frazer, Drake’s love interest, and Harry Flynn, his shady partner, are also introduced. Zoran Lazarevic, a Serbian war criminal, becomes the new antagonist in “Uncharted 2.” The multiplayer mode was also introduced in this installment.
“Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception’ was released in November 2011, for PlayStation 3. Sully and Drake’s relationship is the main focus in this part of the series. Their search for the Iram of the Pillars, aka Atlantis of the Sands, leads them to the Arabian Peninsula, in the wastelands of Rub al Khali Desert. Chloe and Elena are included in this edition, but they have smaller roles. Fans also meet Drake’s new allied characters, Charlie Cutter and Salim, as well as, new nemesis’ Ramesses, Katherine Marlowe, and Talbot.
The PlayStation series came to a theoretical end with “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End,” released on May 10, 2016. This newest edition to the infamous treasure hunting game was built from the ground up, exclusively for the PlayStation 4. In this installment, fans learn Drake has retired from fortune hunting. However, Drake is forced to return to the world of thieves once he receives word that his brother needs his help. Drake believed his brother was killed, up to this point. He scours the globe in search of a legendary pirate treasure to save his brother’s life.
Other Games Connected to ‘Uncharted’
“Uncharted: Golden Abyss” was released in Japan, on Dec. 17, 2011, for the PlayStation Vita. A few months later, on Feb. 23, 2012, it was released in North America and Europe. This title took place before “Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune,” and tells a separate original story.
In November 2012, the Australian Classification Board showed ratings for “Uncharted Fight for Fortune.” Developed by One Loop Games, Sony confirmed it would be an action adventure card game. On Dec. 4, 2012, the game was released on the PlayStation Vita.
Bandi released “Uncharted: The Board Game,” in 2012. Designed by Hayato Kisaragi, this feature is a two to four player adventure, where participants hunt for treasure and fight enemies.
Last, but not least, is “Uncharted: Fortune Hunter,” which was released on May 5, 2016. This installment is a free-to-play game for iOS and Andriod. It is also a tie-in for the fourth game, “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.”
By Tracy Blake
Edited by Jeanette Smith
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