If it’s been a while since you played the Sony PlayStation titles, you might be wondering which game the Uncharted movie is based on. The recent arrival of both the teaser and full trailer have filled in a lot of the details about the plot, but if anything, that might have left you even more confused than you where before.
The casting of Tom Holland (Spider-Man: No Way Home) and Mark Wahlberg (Transformers: The Last Knight) as Nathan Drake and his mentor Sully was the first clue that things were not going to be quite like they were in the game world. The plot details and trailers went on to confirm that the film would in fact be a prequel to the story in the games, making it more of an origin movie than a direct port from any one game.Advertisement As a result, Uncharted isn’t specifically based on any one film, but there are elements taken from the main franchise, so buckle up for a run through of all the gaming comparisons that we’ve been able to uncover. The release date isn’t too far away either now, so we’ll also get to see the full story pay out, so if there’s anything else significant we’ll be sure to add it in.
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Uncharted movie vs. the game world it’s based on
There have been a total of four main games in the series – Drake’s Fortune, Among Thieves, Drake’s Deception and A Thief’s Tale. There was also the prequel game, Golden Abyss, which was released on the PlayStation Vita, along with spin-off title, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, which focused on series characters, Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross.Advertisement The story for the Uncharted movie sees Nate and Sully meeting up and joining forces to find a massive secret treasure. Drake is also on the hunt for clues about his missing brother and they have to face off against a mega rich treasure hunter whose family seems to be linked to the lost treasure somehow.
Along the way, they meet Chloe Frazer (played by Sophia Ali), who first appears in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves as fellow treasure hunter. It’s revealed that she has romantic history with Nathan, which sort of links in with the film as she appears as though she’s going to be his love interest here.Advertisement However, it mostly adds to it being a prequel to everything that happens in the first game, which is essentially about Nathan and Sully following Sir Francis Drake’s diary to the Lost City of Gold. Here, his love interest is journalist Elena Fisher, who accompanies them on the search and goes on to become Nathan’s wife, helping the duo throughout the remaining three titles in the core series.
The only similarity to the games is that there’s a hidden treasure that Nathan and Sully go after with a competing team of treasure hunters led by a ruthless git. But that does leave the prequel game, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, which came out on the PS Vita back in 2012, which took place prior to the events of Drake’s Fortune.
The problem is that apart from them both being prequels, there are very few similarities with no Chloe Frazer and a story that sees Nate searching for the treasure in the lost city of Quivira. He meet up with Sully along the way, who helps with the rescue of Nathan’s in-game partner Marisa Chase, so clearly this is not going to be what the Uncharted movie is based on either.
With no specific game acting as the story inspiration for the film, it’s time to look at any other similarities that there might be in the plot and action we can see in the trailer. The biggest of these is with the 4th game in the series, A Thief’s End, which came out in 2016 on the PlayStation 4.
The link is the inclusion of Nathan’s older brother Samuel, who also features in the movie story with both having a setup of him being missing. In A Thief’s End, he appears to die in a prequel section of the gameplay that takes place a few years before the first game, but unbeknownst to Nate, he survived and was imprisoned during the fifteen years since the event.
However, in the movie, Nathan is following clues about his missing brother in the hopes of finding him, so again the story is mostly new. It seems like Uncharted 2022 is simply going to take snippets and concepts from the main game series and create its own path for the main characters, which could build to a wider universe that might grow and develop to include more from the games in the future.