Naughty Dog still hasn't explained where the story-driven DLC for A Thief's End will fit into the Uncharted timeline, but we have some suggestions.
19 April 2016: When we spoke to Naughty Dog's Arne Meyer recently (read the full interview here), we questioned him about Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley's involvement in the single-player downloadable content (DLC) for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. And as you will see from the quote below, a new narrative chapter for the game is definitely on the cards. While we've only ever seen the likes of challenge maps and downloadable skin pack DLC in Uncharted games, Bruce and Neil were both heavily involved in The Last of Us DLC, Left Behind. Left Behind was a single-player campaign that preceded the events of The Last of Us and gave even more depth to the character Ellie. With that in mind, we asked Meyer whether the DLC will pick up where the main campaign leaves off or if Uncharted 4's campaign is final:
Recently, news broke about Bruce and Neil revisiting old The Last of Us 2 concepts after the single-player DLC for Uncharted 4 is completed. Past DLC featured little story, mostly single-player and co-op challenges, but with Bruce and Neil on board for Uncharted 4’s DLC, will we see more story driven content? Is the DLC going to extend the narrative past the main campaign, or is Uncharted 4’s campaign final?
That’s a question we haven’t answered so far...
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 precedent an interesting position where we say, you know, this is the closing chapter, but we’re not saying “we’re never working on Uncharted again” because we’re obviously working on the smaller DLC chapter. But then how does that fit into everything? How does it fit into the timeline? What story are we going to tell? But we really don’t have an idea. These are all questions we need to begin asking ourselves. But, you know, I think that’s really in the back of Bruce and Neil’s minds at the moment. It’s the last thing they need to worry about so close to release.
Though it's not been officially revealed, the statement above more or less confirms that there will be story-focused DLC after Uncharted 4's curtain call. Considering Naughty Dog still haven't figured out exactly what that will entail, we decided to offer up a few suggestions.
Sam's Great Escape
Other than the fact that he was presumed dead and has spent a large portion of his life behind bars, little is known about Nate's estranged brother Sam Drake. Unless we're in for a flashback chapter in A Thief's End that delves into Sam's past, we only have Sam's word to go off. Some prequel DLC could be a perfect way to way to explore Sam Drake's incarceration and eventual escape. We might also get a chance to learn how Sam became so skilled at driving that motorcycle.
The Drake Bros.
Based on some of the footage shown in the trailers, we will more than likely explore some of Nathan and Sam's childhood in Uncharted 4 - much like when we flashed back to Nate and Sully's meeting in Drake's Deception. However, DLC (maybe co-op?) that focused on the brothers' younger selves would give us a chance to explore their relationship, their motivations and how the death of their parents impacted them.
Chloe and Cutter: Partners in crime
What did happen to Chloe and Cutter after their untimely exit in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception? That's a question that's been on our mind for a while now. The cockney Cutter and the capricious Chloe obviously have a history. Not only that but they also make a great team and have proven themselves capable of holding their own. It's hard to believe that either Chloe or Cutter retreated to a life of solitude after Cutter broke his leg. Where are they now? What trouble have they gotten into in the years between Drake's Deception and A Thief's End?
Sully: The Early Days
Though Nathan Drake is the hero at the centre of the Uncharted universe, there's no denying that Sully steals the spotlight on occasion. A fan favourite, Sully is a kind and caring character who took Drake under his wing and gave him the skills to become the hero he is today. Sully obviously had a knack for adventuring long before he met Nathan Drake - not to mention romantic endeavours - so why not give players a chance to experience some of it. Playing as young Sully would allow us to delve deeper into an already intriguing character and experience the Uncharted universe in a completely different time period.
Who would you like to see the Uncharted 4 single-player DLC focus on?
— Brodie Fogg (@brodiefogg) April 19, 2016