After tackling Metroid in season 1 and then Halo in season 2, Game Informer’s Video Gameography podcast turns its gaze to one of Sony’s biggest properties: Uncharted. Over the next several weeks, we’ll examine all of the mainline entries in Naughty Dog’s blockbuster action series, so sit back and relax as we kick the season off with Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune.
Developed by Naughty Dog, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune was a big release for Sony’s PlayStation 3 console. Released on November 19, 2007, Uncharted brought Naughty Dog into a bold new era of “mature” game development. In this week’s episode, we talk about Naughty Dog’s history developing titles like Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter, how the studio was largely unprepared for the challenges of Uncharted’s development. We also talk about how Naughty Dog almost designed a game similar to BioShock, how Johnny Knoxville served as inspiration for Nathan Drake, and how Gears of War’s release changed Uncharted’s design for the better.
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Sony’s Pictures first big film of 2022 is “Uncharted”, which is based on the smash-hit video game series and it stars Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg.
“Uncharted,” tells the story of street-smart Nathan Drake (Tom Holland) who is recruited by seasoned treasure hunter Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg) to recover a fortune amassed by Ferdinand Magellan and lost 500 years ago by the House of Moncada. What starts as a heist job for the duo becomes a globe-trotting, white-knuckle race to reach the prize before the ruthless Santiago Moncada (Antonio Banderas), who believes he and his family are the rightful heirs. If Nate and Sully can decipher the clues and solve one of the world’s oldest mysteries, they stand to find $5 billion in treasure and perhaps even Nate’s long-lost brother…but only if they can learn to work together.
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When Is Uncharted Coming To Netflix?
Netflix and Sony Pictures Entertainment have a multiyear, exclusive first pay window licensing deal in the U.S. for theatrically released Sony feature films, beginning with their 2022 film slate, which includes “Uncharted” and “Morbius”.
This means that “Uncharted” will be coming to Netflix in the United States after its theatrical run. Since “Uncharted” is the first film to be included in this new contract, it’s unclear exactly when the film will be released on Netflix, since many film studios have reduced their release windows. Under Sony’s previous deal with Starz, films would be released onto a streaming service around 6 months after its release date.
Uncharted movie Easter eggs: every major reference to the games
The Uncharted movie is a treasure trove of references and nods to the Naughty Dog games on which it is based. Like the artefacts Nate has uncovered while being the world’s most bloodthirsty explorer, however, some of the Uncharted movie Easter eggs are almost impossible to find at first glance.
But don’t worry. We’ve jotted them all down, Drake-style, in our journals. From fan favorite cameos to outright game references, and even some cheeky winks from the movie’s director, every base is covered.
As a word of warning: we’ll be going right up to the credits – and beyond. So there will be some spoilers for the Uncharted movie throughout.
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Uncharted’s most famous opening – arguably one of the most famous in video game history – comes in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. It grabs the player’s attention immediately by plonking Nathan Drake into a life-or-death situation as he’s caught in a train car teetering precariously over the edge of a cliff.
Nate manages to get out of his perilous predicament – and the game then rewinds back several weeks and tells the rest of the story in chronological order, up to and then after Drake’s train-based trauma.
That style of storytelling is carried over into the Uncharted movie, with Tom Holland’s Nate being introduced in mid-air and hanging from a cargo plane. It even ends on a similar cliffhanger, though not quite as literal as in Among Thieves. It then segues into a flashback with his older brother Sam (who we’ll get to in a minute) before telling the story of how Nate met Sully and found himself in pursuit of Magellan’s gold.
Surely you didn’t miss this one? While Nate’s brother Sam isn’t introduced properly until the fourth game in the series A Thief’s End (voiced by Troy Baker), he’s brought in from the off in the movie. The brothers Drake, like in the games, both grew up at an orphanage. Unlike the games, however, Sam escapes the orphanage instead of leaving it. He also has a prior working relationship with both Sully and Chloe. In the Uncharted movie, Sam’s played by Rudy Pankow, best known for his appearance in the Netflix series Outer Banks.
Nate’s keepsake crops up several times in the Uncharted movie – often to comic effect. While the flimsy lighter eventually saves the day in explosive fashion, some may not know it’s actually an item used to solve a handful of puzzles in the fourth game, A Thief’s End.
Uncharted 3’s cargo plane set-piece
Uncharted 3’s cargo plane sequence isn’t the only moment ripped from the games, but it’s certainly one of the more fleshed-out callbacks to the PlayStation series.
Moncada, Braddock, Chloe, and Moncada’s men are en route to Magellan’s gold in the Philippines. Unbeknownst to them, Nate and Sully have snuck aboard in Moncada’s car.
Once they’re (inevitably) caught, chaos ensues: several cargo boxes fly out of the hold, taking Nate along with it. It’s all done in a manner strikingly similar to a moment in Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception where Nate is desperately trying to climb the netting to get back onto a plane that is shedding baggage. Fortunately for game-Nate, he’s a little bit lower to the ground in the Rub’ al Khali desert than Tom Holland’s Drake was over the Banda Sea. But it’s not a fun landing for either man.