Naughty Dog, the studio behind the hit Uncharted series of games for Sony PlayStation consoles, says 4 in 5 PS4 owners have never experienced the franchise.
The company has just released a remastered Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection for the new-gen console featuring all three games at the improved 1080p/60fps format.
Since so few PS4 gamers have entered the world of Nathan Drake before, Naughty Dog’s community strategist Eric Monacelli expects the re-release to be “massive.”
“We did a lot of research and discovered that around 80% of the people that own a PS4 have never played Uncharted,” he told MCV. “That was one of the reasons why we thought remastering it would be a good idea."
Monacelli has good reason to be confident. Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us, arguably the PS3’s finest game ever, was a runaway success when it was remastered for the PS4.
“I do, personally, expect the Uncharted Collection to do as well as The Last of Us Remastered,” he said.
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While it initially sounds surprising that so few PS4 owners have played an Uncharted game, it’s not all that hard to fathom.
Sony says 50% of PS4 owners never owned a PS3, so it stands to reason at least some of that 50% never got around to playing Uncharted.
Needless to say, those newcomers picking up the Nathan Drake Collection this week are in for a treat.
It should tide them over until Uncharted 4: A Thief's End arrives on 18 March 2016.