With the release of Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection there are certain elements that are missing. When looking for reasons as to why, the only people who know are of course Naughty Dog.
At the EGX 2015 event this weekend, Naughty Dog’s Community Strategist was asked a few questions regarding the collection. The first was why the PS Vita game Golden Abyss was missing:
“It was definitely under consideration, because we were trying to see how we could collect all of the Uncharted games. But when we went back and looked at what we were trying to do with the Nathan Drake Collection, we realised that those three games – the trilogy – actually provided a particular narrative arc that led into Uncharted 4. We wanted to keep that as a holistic collection for that reason, and Golden Abyss kind of lives a little bit outside of that.”
On why multiplayer was not included for Uncharted 2 and 3 his reply was:
“It was a really difficult decision for us, but it was one that we actually took early on, because we were thinking about both our player population – we still have players playing Uncharted 2 and Uncharted 3 multiplayer, and we still haven’t shut those servers down; we don’t have a plan to do that right now – and so, we were like, did we want to affect that player population, and splinter it even more so.
“At the time, too, when we were talking with Bluepoint, and talking with our multiplayer team for Uncharted 4, we were saying, we learned a lot from Uncharted 2 and we really took it to the next level with Uncharted 3, so everything that we learned from that we were putting into Uncharted 4 multiplayer – so for us, it was like, why don’t we keep moving forward and progressing, rather than take a snapshot in time?”
So Naughty Dog are using Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection as a way to ease people into the Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End narrative, and respecting the players who are still using the multiplayer functionality from the previous games.
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