Developers from Naughty Dog, the team behind Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, have discussed the game’s two female protagonists and fan response to the game so far. The developer also talk about the importance of inclusivity and diversity in gaming.
Uncharted 4 developer Neil Druckmann has previously expressed his support for making inclusive video games, saying that diversity is as important as graphics and gameplay.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Stars Two Women of Colour
Speaking to Game Informer, Naughty Dog confirms that both of the female protagonists of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy are women of colour. Playable character Chloe, is half-Indian, while her unlikely companion on the quest to rescue the Tusk of Ganesha artefact, Nadine, is a black South African woman.
Although the game’s writer Josh Scherr says that having two non-white female leads is just “happenstance,” he does acknowledge that “representation is also important. It’s not the primary thing but it’s nice that it’s happening. I have a daughter and I would like her to see more positive role models or representations in games and the media in general.”
Game director Kurt Margenau also told the publication that in playtests for Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, which is to be a standalone game in the Uncharted franchise, players have been most excited about the two female leads than anything else. However, Scherr does realise that there’s “going to be pushback from both sides as we work beyond our comfort zones and allow for things to be more inclusive and by extension more interesting and diverse.”
Though, for Naughty Dog’s creative director Neil Druckmann, it seems that any pushback would be worth the risk. While people can empathise with characters from any background, “there’s something special when you see yourself in an experience,” says the developer. Moreover, “I think the more we can create that for all sorts of people, the more games can grow and become more intriguing stories when you [introduce characters] of different backgrounds and walks of life.”
Positively, Naughty Dog also seems to understand that the writing of the character is just as important as just making a character non-white or non-male, which should firmly brush away any doubts that the developer is just being inclusive for good karma. The developer isn’t just doing this as lip service either as it is also working on The Last of Us: Part Two, which stars female character Ellie, who is confirmed to be a lesbian in canon.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy will launch on PS4 in 2017.