We now have a release date and a price for Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. It’s coming August 23 for $39.99. Woah. I haven’t been following this all that much, but I always assumed it was going to be a short piece of single-player DLC. 40 bucks say it’s much more. We also got another trailer.
Naughty Dog described the project as a true Uncharted game back at PSX. They weren’t kidding. That price point raises expectations big time. I was assuming we were getting maybe a couple of hours of new story. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy needs to be at least 6-8 hours to justify that price point.
Around 10 hours was thrown around by Naughty Dog’s Arne Meyer in an interview with IBTimes UK.
“There’s no way we could, sort of, constrict and restrain ourselves, and that’s exactly what was happening here. When we were doing story pitches, we were coming up with a game that would be over ten hours long,” Meyer said.
10 hours isn’t set in stone, of course. Everyone plays differently. But 7-8 hours for most seems like a lock. It’s going to have to be for that price.
Naughty Dog and Sony are also packing in some goodies if you decide to pre-order at participating retailers. You’ll score a free digital copy of Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy for PS4 when it launches on August 22. Something tells me most people will be a little too busy to play Jak and Daxter a day later. Still, it’s a nice bonus.
The story of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
The new cinematic trailer unearths the journey Chloe and Nadine are taking. Six to 12 months after the events of Uncharted 4, the pair are searching for the Tusk of Ganesh. Chloe and Nadine aren’t the closest of partners, and the tension between them shows in the trailer.
Naughty Dog’s Kurt Margenau and Shaun Escayg touched on why they chose Chloe and Nadine. “They’re opposites. Chloe is spontaneous and impulsive, where Nadine is by the book, structured,” Escayg said. “That made for a good pairing.”
“Both of them are in positions they aren’t used to being in,” says Margenau. “Chloe, in terms of taking charge. Nadine, who is used to running the show, is now the hired gun. They’re both figuring it out as they go.”
$40 also gets us “the biggest [area] ever for an Uncharted game,” according to Margenau. Bigger than Madagascar in Uncharted 4. The devs explain they wanted to give us the biggest area yet for us to explore at our own pace. It sounds like we won’t be cruising around in a car, but we’ll have to wait and see how it shakes out when we get our hands on it. I’m crossing my fingers for no vehicles.
Toss in a silenced pistol, and the gameplay possibilities open up a little bit more.
Don’t expect to see Nathan Drake pop up though. Naughty Dog thought about it, but couldn’t make it fit without feeling tacked on.
Gear up for another Uncharted adventure right before the holiday onslaught of games begins. A meaty Uncharted treasure hunt two weeks before Destiny 2? I’m down with that.