Alongside the main photo mode, Naughty Dog’s Uncharted: The Lost Legacy will include optional photo opportunities that help shape the protagonist’s character.
Speaking to DualShockers, Creative Director Shaun Escayg said Uncharted: The Lost Legacy protagonist Chloe Frazer carries a smartphone with her at all times for taking pictures. Similar to Final Fantasy XV’s photo opportunities, The Lost Legacy allows players to take snapshots “that best [capture] the moment” at certain locations. Based on Escayg’s statement, photo ops likely functions the same way as optional conversations in Uncharted 4 and The Last of Us.
Unlike Final Fantasy XV’s resident photographer, Prompto, Chloe takes photos only when necessary as she treats the activity similarly to documenting with journals. She will only take photos of locations that have personal meaning to her and unbelievable moments of accomplishment where “no one is going to believe her.”
“She takes these photos to remember these spaces because they have such personal meaning to her,” says Escayg. “So it was more from a narrative standpoint to support the idea that maybe a place is special to her, or is connected to her dad.”
When struck with beautiful scenery and the optional photo op prompt does not appear, the game’s standard photo mode feature can still be used to capture the moment.
In Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, Chloe is tasked to find the Tusk of Ganesha in India. Chloe’s Indian heritage and knowledge of Hindu mythology helps her and partner Nadine Ross in their task.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is scheduled to launch on August 22 exclusively for PlayStation 4. Purchase of this lengthy standalone expansion includes access to the multiplayer modes found in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.