Chloe and Cutter to star in Uncharted 4 DLC
We’ve been speaking to Naughty Dog’s director of communications, Arne Meyer, about the future of these characters. His tantalising answers suggest a return for these fan favourites.
Chloe Frazer and Charlie Cutter are two of our favourite characters from Sony PlayStation’s Uncharted series, and they deserve a better ending than the one they received in Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. Wandering off into the distance, wounded, about mid-way through the game, it never felt like the true end to their story. Surely, we would pick-up the conversation with them again in the future. Surely for the series finale.
We’ve just wrapped our detailed review of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, and while it’s no blight on the game specifically, the complete lack of any story sequences relating to Cutter and Chloe was hard to ignore. Where are they? What are they doing? We know from one throwaway line near the start of the game, that Cutter is still out there somewhere hunting treasure, but that is it. Have we really seen the last of these two icons?
Well don’t give up hope just yet; we’ve received a hint from developer Naughty Dog that the two could return via single player DLC, thus completing the Uncharted journey by giving these two characters a part in the series’ finale.
We interviewed Naughty Dog’s director of communications, Arne Meyer, twice prior to the game’s release and now – in retrospect – we can see a link between two of his answers that offers some promise. When asked in our initial chat whether we would get a chance to experience more adventures with Cutter and Chloe, he responded:
“I don’t know if I’m at liberty to speculate about all that right now. We’ve been pretty tight-lipped about the story and the fates of characters, and we haven’t revealed everyone who’s in the game yet. There’s a little bit more to reveal soon.”
Then in our follow-up conversation we asked about the possibility of story-based DLC that would allow Naughty Dog to continue the series’ narrative after the final credits of the last game. He responded;
“Without going into it too much, the challenge we’ve set for ourselves is that, once the story ends, how does that single chapter DLC fit in with everything else? That’s a question we haven’t answered so far. That’s going to be something we still have to figure out. Obviously, it does put us in an interesting position where we say, you know, this is the closing chapter [for Uncharted], but we’re not saying “we’re never working on Uncharted again” because we’re obviously working on the smaller DLC chapters. But then how does that fit into everything? How does it fit into the timeline? What story are we going to tell?”
So let’s trace a line. If Meyer was reticent to comment on the futures of Chloe and Cutter, suggesting that they were yet to be revealed, in the first interview, and then confirmed there will be single-player, story driven DLC in the second conversation, can we not join the dots? Especially given that the fact Cutter is still in the treasure hunting game is referenced specifically in the dialogue for Uncharted 4.
It does sound like Naughty Dog have yet to decide, which means fans have an opportunity to play a role in defining what is covered, and who stars. So vote with your signatures game fans; we’ve set up a petition to share with Naughty Dog if there are more people out there who, like us, want a bit more Chloe and Cutter before the series signs-off for good.