All eyes are on Naughty Dog and what they are planning to dazzle us with at this weekend’s E3, but I thought I would take a brief moment to bring you up to speed on the other UNCHARTED title in preparation. Remember the NGP? Well, rumour has it that it is to be called the Vita (although that is far from final) but more importantly for us UNCHARTED fans (we really need a collective name, don’t we?) the game in production at Sony’s Bend studio might end up being called Golden Abyss. What this means, at this stage, is anyone’s guess, but it’s a nice place to start.
Even more importantly, and tantalisingly, are the screenshots that have recently been posted over at NeoGaf; they look gorgeous. They also seem to confirm the early feeling I had that the game would look more similar to Drake’s Fortune than Among Thieves, or Drake’s Deception, for that matter.
This gives me hope that we may be getting what I most desire out of the UNCHARTED world; and that is a story from earlier in Nate’s life; maybe even a prequel to Drake’s Fortune. The original screenshot that we posted way back when the NGP was first announced made Nate look particularly young and fresh faced; while he still looks youthful, these make him look more like his early 30s self. Perhaps this is therefore closer chronologically to Drake’s Fortune, rather than much earlier. Maybe I am just guessing. Time will tell.
What is interesting is that so far these images do not show any of the other of the staple UNCHARTED characters; no Sully, Elena, Chloe, Harry, Eddy or Rika. Of course, this does not mean that Nate will be on his own, just that Sony are either saving that information for later, or that Nate will be joined by buddies as yet unknown. I can’t imagine Nathan will be on his lonesome for the entire game; that is not his style. Besides, who will tell Nate how lucky he is, or who will be on hand to get Nate out of jail when he inevitably lands up there? Who will Nate try his best to save in that charmingly chivalrous, but ultimately misguided manner that he has?
There are more screenshots over at the NeoGaf Forums so I suggest you head on over there to take a peek (but do come back!) My appetite has been whetted once more for more Nathan Drake goodies, and I hope I have whetted yours too. We will also be on hand to report on what Naughty Dog reveal at E3 over the weekend; personally I am hoping for the big co-op reveal, but what about you? Let us know what you think of these screenshots, or what you are hoping for from E3 in the comments’ section below.