Explorers tend to be a lucky bunch, but Nathan Drake of Naughty Dog's Uncharted series is seemingly the offspring of two leprechauns who bedded down on a hill of rabbits' feet. Yesterday, Naughty Dog animator Jonathan Cooper revealed bullets straight-up miss Drake until Lady Luck finally gets bored and turns her back on him.
That's right: When Drake's UI turns red, it doesn't indicate a bullet hit his body. Rather, it indicates bullets are chipping away at his luck. But that store of luck is finite, and when it runs out, the next bullet might be the one that puts an end to Drake's adventuring days.
That’s a mega-swing! Sidenote I learned on joining the team: Drake doesn’t ever take bullet damage. The red UI that shows ‘hits’ is to represent his ‘luck’ running out. Eventually enemies will get a clear shot and kill him if he takes enough near-misses. https://t.co/byzVKYXVe7— Jonathan Cooper (@GameAnim) July 8, 2018
Amy Hennig, the creative director and writer for the Uncharted series, confirms Drake is one lucky bastard. After all, he's supposed to be an homage to Indiana Jones and other explorers who happen to be Fortune's favorite—until they're not.
True! That was the original intention (to stay more aligned with the spirit and tone of the films we were homaging).— Amy Hennig (@amy_hennig) July 8, 2018
If you're trying to push through Nathan Drake's latest adventure but find your own luck running out again and again, visit our guide to Uncharted: The Lost Legacy for the solution to every fight and puzzle in the game. Lucky you found us, huh?