The Uncharted collection made the leap to PC earlier this month with Naughty Canine’s Legacy of Thieves assortment. And, the place there are PC video games, modders are by no means far behind, able to put their expertise into motion.
One such modder is Raq (whose identify it’s possible you’ll recognise from our Tomb Raider Anniversary piece). They’ve created the Elena mod for Legacy of Thieves which, as I’m certain you may have guessed already, places Elena into the highlight by reskinning collection hero Nathan Drake as his spouse.
I’m a giant fan of the Uncharted collection as an entire, and of Elena Fisher particularly (you might be able to spot a poster of her on my wall throughout Newscasts). With this mod being a very notable one for me, I contacted Raq to seek out out extra about why they siezed the possibility to convey Elena to the fore.
“I believe Elena is a vital character within the franchise,” Raq informed me. “She likes adventuring simply as a lot as Nathan does, however she is aware of her limits and we will say she prevented Nate from getting killed many occasions.”
On the path Elena’s character took in Uncharted 4, Raq mentioned: “I believe [the writing for A Thief’s End] reveals that she actually wished to attempt residing a traditional life, however on the finish [Nate and Elena] each simply acknowledged that it wasn’t their life-style. I am not fully certain we cannot get to see them anymore. They’re iconic characters within the Naughty Canine world, so we’ll in all probability see them once more in certainly one of their video games, if not a sport about them anymore then a cameo, or one thing.”
You may see Raq’s Elena mod (which you’ll check out for your self by means of NexusMods) in motion through the video under.
I agree that Elena is a crucial character, not only for the Uncharted collection, however for video video games as an entire. If I’m trustworthy, I used to be all the time a bit dissatisfied to see her character later within the collection changing into extra of a assist function to Drake’s. I do know many on the market who consider Uncharted 4 was the spotlight of the collection, however as a lot as I do nonetheless love the sport, for me it is going to all the time be certainly one of my least favorite entries due to this.
Seeing Elena on the entrance and centre because of this mod, whereas in fact not the identical as giving her her personal sport, is, to place it merely, fairly nice. I had all the time hoped for a bit extra from Elena’s character following her progressive debut in Drake’s Fortune – I simply bear in mind how superb it was at the moment to see a feminine character in a sport given as a lot an opportunity to shine because the male lead, however not in a very sexual manner.
However contrarily (and I’m certain controversially) I felt her character in A Thief’s Finish ended up getting used an excessive amount of as a crux for Nate’s total character improvement in a sport the place, if we’re being trustworthy, he’s not the best of fellows.
This total sentiment is one thing that Elena’s actress, Emily Rose, additionally appears to really feel. In a latest episode of Sofa Soup, Rose admitted she discovered it “bizarre” that The Misplaced Legacy, the “lady Uncharted”, didn’t function Elena in any respect.
This isn’t to say that Naughty Canine with out Amy Hennig (who created the Uncharted collection, however left the studio throughout 4’s improvement) can not write robust feminine leads. Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross in Misplaced Legacy are testiment to that. The writing and character improvement right here is good, and I discovered myself increasingly more drawn to this twosome as a brand new franchise pairing as I performed on – a powerful achievement contemplating how abhorrent I discovered Nadine Ross for a lot of 4. I’d fortunately see extra video games sooner or later with these two taking the lead.
Even so, I’m nonetheless hopeful we might even see extra from Elena sooner or later. I recognize her story was tied up properly with Drake’s at A Thief’s Finish’s conclusion, however Sony has referred to as the Uncharted prequel movie the beginning of a brand new franchise. So, maybe there would be the likelihood for some retrospective character developement there…