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A Deeper Look At Uncharted: The Lost Legacy's Unlikely Duo

Elise Favis
 

In Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, a standalone game set about year after the events of Uncharted 4, a new duo of thieves are in the spotlight: Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross. How did the two come to know each other, and why did Naughty Dog choose to pair them up? We spoke to Naughty Dog, along with the protagonists' voice actresses, to find out what makes these characters unique. While we first met Nadine in Uncharted 4, Chloe is a fan-favorite and has had a reoccurring appearance in previous installments. The Lost Legacy marks her return since Uncharted 3, and Chloe has moved up in the treasure hunting business since then. She's no longer just a getaway driver who handles a fight well; she's also matured and evolved since we've last seen her, taking on bigger jobs with higher risks.

  In The Lost Legacy, Chloe sets off to India and hires mercenary Nadine to help her track down an ancient treasure known as the Tusk of Ganesh. The two didn't know each other personally before the events of The Lost Legacy, but they knew of one another on a business level. It's similar to how Nadine and Sully knew each other, and crossed paths at the auction in Uncharted 4. Chloe reaches out to Nadine because of her particular skill set, as well as her business history. Nadine previously had a working relationship with Asav, an insurgent rebel leader in the region who acts as the main antagonist in the game. He has a key in his possession that the two need to retrieve in order to locate the treasure.

"Nadine has specifically had a working relationship with Asav in the past, so she has a tactical advantage of knowing how Asav operates," creative director Shaun Escayg says. Chloe and Nadine are strikingly different in personality. Nadine is business-oriented and plans things out in advance, whereas Chloe is impulsive. However, they have at least one thing in common: they're both self-preservationists. The two have always put themselves first, and both are more comfortable in leading the show rather than taking orders. "Chloe is very spontaneous, she goes off cuff a little bit, not necessarily planned," Escayg says.

 "[This is] unlike Nadine, who is very structured, very organized, and pragmatic. This allows for a really beautiful conflict. " This makes for trust issues, particularly near the beginning of the story, and how they overcome these challenges and how this relationship unfolds is the heart of The Lost Legacy. Will they be able to look out for one another in the end? One of the biggest themes in The Lost Legacy is sacrifice, and whether the two can look past themselves in order to achieve a mutual goal. "Nadine already had trust issues her whole life, and she’s used to being in charge," says Nadine's voice…

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