The popularity of last-gen remakes on new-gen systems like the PlayStation 4 continues. Sony announced Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection on Thursday via the PlayStation Blog. However, is what they left out made up by what is being added?
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection will release on October 9, 2015, for the PS4, and contains the single-player campaigns from Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. All three titles are receiving a 1080p and 60 frames per second (fps) upgrade, along with better lighting, textures, and models. The popular Photo Mode is being added, as well, along with new Trophies to earn.
You may have noticed the mention of single-player campaigns only in the previous paragraph. That’s right, the multiplayer from Uncharted 2 and Uncharted 3 will not be included in The Nathan Drake Collection. That will be disappointing to many fans of the series, as the multiplayer in Uncharted 2 is a favorite of many.
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So what is Naughty Dog and Sony doing to make up for the lack of multiplayer in The Drake Collection? They are giving free access to the Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End multiplayer beta. That game is expected to be released in the first half of 2016 after being delayed from a fall 2015 launch. There’s no word yet on if the multiplayer beta would happen later this year or in early 2016, though.
The team at Bluepoint Games is handling the job of porting the first three Uncharted games to the PlayStation 4. They are experts in the area, as they’ve handled ports for Titanfall to the Xbox 360, Flower to the PS4 and PS Vita, Metal Gear Solid HD Collection to the PS3 and Xbox 360, and The God of War Collection to the PS3, among others.
Porting the Uncharted series to the PlayStation 4 without multiplayer should make the job all the easier for Bluepoint Games. That was the major stumble for the Xbox One and Halo: The Master Chief Collection, as multiple teams tried to port the campaigns and multiplayer from different systems to unfortunately disastrous results at the game’s launch.
What do you think of Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection? How does the lack of multiplayer but the inclusion of an Uncharted 4 multiplayer beta affect your purchase decision? Sound off in the comments below.
[Images via PlayStation Blog]