Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (our review here) has been receiving rave reviews by users and critics alike, some of which are highlighted in the video above. Considering this, it’s no surprise that Sony believes the remastered collection “certainly has the power to be a system seller” this holiday. In an interview with MCV magazine, PlayStation UK Product Manager, Joe Palmer, said that the company has “strong expectations” for its success.
We have strong expectations for the success of this title. This is genuinely something that players want in anticipation of the launch of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End in March 2016.
PlayStation’s audience base has also changed significantly since the original Uncharted games were released, so there’s a huge number of gamers looking to buy a PS4 who may never have played these games before.
We aim to appeal to several audiences; the fans who want to play through the series again in all its remastered glory; the action-adventure fans who are new to PlayStation; previous-generation players who are considering an upgrade to PS4.
Palmer’s comments are similar to those of Naughty Dog Community Strategist, Eric Monacelli’s, who recently said that 80 percent of the people that own a PS4 have never played Uncharted. The developer claims to have done extensive research before deciding to remaster the three console games.
Palmer further revealed that fan response to The Last of Us Remastered showed Sony that “there is an appetite for these titles on the new consoles.” He also said that The Nathan Drake Collection offers even better value as it comprises of “three highly rated titles on one disk.”
It offers fantastic value as a gifting proposition, giving newcomers the chance to pick up a PlayStation 4 with three great games at a very competitive price.
In a separate interview with Game Trailers, Naughty Dog’s Arne Meyer revealed that Bluepoint Games “passed up on other AAA projects” in hopes that it would be selected to work on the remaster.
Looks like it worked out well in the end!