If you like to play video games, you know Uncharted. Developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment, Uncharted has seen massive success, with the latest one being Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.
The series follows the adventures of the treasure hunter and fortune seeker Nathan Drake, as he sets off on a journey to uncover the truth behind mythical treasure and cities.
The journey is full of clashes with rival hunters and thieves, extreme gunfights, and puzzle-solving quests. The Uncharted series is full of surprises. Today, we bring you five unknown facts about the Uncharted Series that you probably don’t know.
Nathan Drake’s Connection with Johnny Knoxville
The character of Uncharted protagonist, Nathan Drake is inspired by the real-life character of Johnny Knoxville. It might come as a surprise as we do not see any resemblance, but it is absolutely true.
Naughty Dog was very attracted to the coolness and goodness of Knoxville’s daredevil personality, which was very similar to what the makers conceptualized Drake as a person to be like.
The Game was Censored in Japan
Would you believe it? With the fact that the game features a lot of gunplay, violence, and blood spills, the first version of the game was actually censored in Japan.
People who played the original release of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune on a Japanese PS3 must have realized that. The game was completely bloodless, and the enemies no longer showed visible damage when shot.
The censor was absolutely bizarre and as a result, the game got needless edits. However, the censorship was later removed after the release of 1.01 patch enabling the Trophy support.
The Story of Henry Avery Is Almost True
The first three versions of the game were highly based on the ancient myths of the yesteryear. However, Uncharted 4 was largely focused on the very real triumph of the very notorious pirate of the 17th century, Henry Avery.
Avery was noted to be one of the most successful pirates to ever exist in history. His accomplishments inspired others to follow down the life of piracy in the hope to conquer everlasting riches.
Even Libertalia Island, which is known to be the failed pirate paradise, is based on some truth. According to written accounts, Avery amazingly evaded capture and death all his life and retired with his profits in Libertalia.
Co-President’s Kid in Uncharted 2
Naughty Dog’s co-president Christophe Balestra’s kids make a very brief yet very memorable cameo in the Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.
They are found in Chapter 16, in the Tibetan village where Nathan Drake wakes up after being rescued by Tenzin. Balestra’s kids are the two playing kids that you come across while kicking the ball around.
At this point, the game takes a break from the intense action and lets you interact with the local people in the village. But the irony is, Drake does not understand a word of their language that adds a bit of comedic effect to the game.
It is one of the small interactive moments in this section that gives life to the environment.
The Game Changed the Animation of Naughty Dog
All the previous games by Naughty Dog looked very cartoonish and colourful with its traditional animation style. But with Uncharted, it needed to look more realistic and mature. Therefore, the company began using motion capture technology in the game.
Real-life actors were assigned mo-cap suits, and their actions were digitally recorded. This allowed more distinctive and natural movements of the characters and saved animation time as well.
Additionally, the changed animation game added to the chemistry of characters and gave them more grounded personalities.
Motion capture has proved to be very successful, and the Naughty Dog has continued to use the approach even today.
The Bottom Line
Naughty Dog is a company that likes to go the extra mile with their games to make them look more vibrant with a sheer variety of cool details.
Hopefully, these Uncharted facts that we have dug up will inspire you to check out the series and explore the wealth of animation, features, and cool opportunities the games involved have to offer. What are you waiting for? Check it out today!