Naughty Dog has revealed that around 80 percent of PlayStation 4 owners have yet to play any of the Uncharted games.
Speaking during an interview with MCV discussing the upcoming Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, Naughty Dog’s Community Strategist, Eric Monacelli, said the California-based studio has high hopes for the remastered trilogy, and feels the bundle could prove as popular as The Last of Us: Remastered. Naughty Dog didn’t actually work on the collection itself though; the task was appointed to Bluepoint Games, who have a history in handling remasters.
“I do, personally, expect the Uncharted Collection to do as well as The Last of Us Remastered,” he said. “Company-wide, our studio loves it. They set the bar at [the studio porting the games to PS4] Bluepoint and did a really good job with everything – adding new features and making sure that everything looks good.
“So, yeah, our expectations are high for it. We hope it does quite well.”
“It’s pretty massive,” added Monacelli. “We did a lot of research and discovered that about 80 per cent of the people that own a PS4 have never played Uncharted, period. That was one of the reasons why we thought remastering it would be a good idea.
"The other reason is we decided we wanted to do it; especially when we got The Last of Us Remastered done, we thought ‘Oh man, this would be cool if we could go back’.”
Elsewhere, he also touched on the recent rumors of The Last of Us 2, and even hinted Naughty Dog could return to Jak & Daxter at some point down the line. As with previous comments made by the studio however, it is clear the company isn’t sure what its next project will be.
“We tend to work on one game at a time,” he explained. “Uncharted 4 is what everybody’s working on. After that, we’re going to be working on Uncharted 4 DLC.
“Beyond that, there’s been tons of ideas bandied around – everybody knows the rumour about The Last of Us 2. There could potentially be – who knows? We could go back to Jak and Daxter 4 if it seems right, or there could be something else in the future on our horizon.
“We tend to work with an idea always on the board and then once we have time to devote the right amount of attention to it, then we’ll tackle it.”
The Uncharted franchise has sold a whopping 21 million units worldwide since its inception in 2007, making it one of Sony’s biggest first-party franchises, standing alongside the likes of God of War and Gran Turismo. However, hero Nathan Drake’s part in the series is set to come to an end with the next chapter, and Naughty Dog has even admitted continuing the series without him is difficult to imagine.
Uncharted 4 is due out exclusively on PS4 on March 18, 2016, and was originally scheduled to ship in the latter half of 2015. However, Naughty Dog made the difficult to decision to delay the launch to meet the high standards set by the studio. It later emerged that part of the delay was down to getting the ending sequence just right. Read our review of Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection to see how the series shapes up on PS4.