Nathan Drake’s “adventurer style” outfit has become a staple in the Uncharted games, and especially his half-tuck is quite recognizable. During the latest episode of the PlayStation Blogcast, SCEA Worldwide Studios Senior Vice President of Product Development Scott Rohde explained how it all began.
Rohde explained that back in time they had an event at Sony named “Game sharing,” in which Worldwide Studios teams came together in a location to share information with each other about their games (currently they aren’t done as much anymore, as they require a lot of resources to organize). He remembers the folks at Naughty Dog talking about Uncharted for the first time at one of those events. They talked “a ton” about Nathan Drake himself, and the half-tuck of his shirt was a “big deal.” While the game was still a little more than an idea back then, the half-tuck was part of it from the very beginning.
Rohde revealed that In Uncharted 3 there’s a scene in which the young Nathan Drake is talking to Sully and he’s wearing a baseball T-shirt with maroon sleeves and the usual half-tuck. There’s a reason why he’s wearing that, and that’s because it was his original outfit in the first prototype demo of Uncharted. That was going to be his main outfit before it was changed to the one we all know and love.
You can see the scene Rohde is talking about below. Interestingly, the shirt is actually available in all three Uncharted games as DLC or via code, named Baseball Shirt Drake in Uncharted and Uncharted 2, and Redshirt Drake in Uncharted 3.