PlayStation 4 owners everywhere were disappointed when Sony announced that their biggest game of the year, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, was delayed to Spring 2016. Sony realized that they still needed Nathan Drake and the Uncharted series on PS4 in 2015 in some form or another, and so they announced Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection for release this October.
Some feel that Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is little more than yet another cash grab remaster, but Sony is confident that the collection is bringing enough to the table to warrant picking it up, whether one is looking to relive Drake’s adventures or missed out on them when they originally released for PlayStation 3. For those still on the fence about The Nathan Drake Collection, they will now have a chance to try before they buy.
Sony has announced that Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection will have a playable demo released on the PlayStation Store “later this summer.” Considering the fact that the summer is almost over, one has to assume that the demo for The Nathan Drake Collection will drop at some point in August, but Sony has yet to offer a release month, let alone a solid date for when the demo will be available.
The reveal trailer for Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection did a good job of getting fans hyped for a chance to experience the original Uncharted trilogy in a remastered format. The game will collect the PS3 games Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception into a single package, with remastered visuals to take advantage of the extra horsepower of the PS4.
The demo will hopefully be a quality showcase of the collection’s upgraded graphics as well as the new content that it’s bringing to the table. While the games are mostly untouched from a gameplay perspective, studio Bluepoint Games are making some tweaks here and there, such as axing the motion controls and adding a new Brutal difficulty setting.
Unfortunately, while Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection does boast improved visuals and an extra difficulty setting to entice veterans of the franchise to return, it’s also dropping a major feature of Uncharted 2 and Uncharted 3. For one reason or another, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection will not have multiplayer.
One possible reason as to why The Nathan Drake Collection has dropped the multiplayer component is because the upcoming Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will have multiplayer itself, from the team behind The Last of Us, and Sony doesn’t want to risk dividing the community between two games. Still, it’s disappointing that the multiplayer from the previous games won’t survive the transition to PS4, but at least Sony is giving fans a chance to try The Nathan Drake Collection in the demo that will be made available this summer before they commit to buying it.
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is set to release October 7th in Europe and October 9th in North American, exclusively on the PlayStation 4.