New Uncharted: The Lost Legacy concept art has surfaced thanks to the latest issue of Game Informer.
As you may know, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy takes place within India, a place the series has never visited. According to Naughty Dog (relayed by Game Informer), the new locale offered the artists a new canvas to work with, and allowed them to add more color than Nathan Drake’s recent excursions.
According to Art Director Tate Mosesian, what Naughty Dog is doing with The Lost Legacy is “going back to some of those moments in Uncharted 1 and 2 of awe with exploration in terms of environments and the temples, and that mystical sort of feeling you would get when you explored those places, like feeling small in a space.”
The game more specifically takes place in the Western Ghats, a mountain range parallel to the western coast of the Indian peninsula known for its beautiful terrain and biological diversity. Throughout the story, Chloe will recall her heritage, as her dad, an archaeologist, passed down stories of India and its history to her. Creative Director Shaun Escayg adds that “it gets a little a more personal with Chloe,” and is more personal in general than Naughty Dog has ever gone. The story will tie in the culture and stories of the Hindu gods, as well as the story of Hoysala Empire and the kings that ruled there.
The Hoysala Empire is known for its development in religion, art, and architecture in southern India. Further, it is known for intricate temple design; hundreds of which survive today. Mosesian adds:
“In my opinion, the temples outshadow even Egyptian architecture in just their complexity of detail, and beauty. It’s amazing.”
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is set to be the first ever standalone release in history of the Uncharted series and will be Naughty Dog’s most substantial story expansion to date. It will be available as a standalone PS4 game on store shelves, as well as for digital download. If you already purchased the Uncharted 4 Digital Deluxe Edition or the Explorer’s Pack, you will automatically receive the expansion at launch.
Below, you can check out the new concept art: