In amongst work on Uncharted 4 and The Last of Us 2, Naughty Dog finds time to bundle Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection for PS4.
There never seem to be any secrets in gaming anymore, with more leaks than Edward Snowden’s boat*.
It was with a small amount of glibness, however, that the gaming world reacted to the leak of Sony’s best buddy (and exclusivity hero) Naughty Dog had their PlayStation Exclusive Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection leaked by Sony themselves. On the mobile site. For a short time. But still, that’s an egregious case of friendly fire if ever we saw one.
No doubt Sony/Naughty Dog were planning to drop this trail for Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection at E3 on June 15, along with revealing its release date of October 9 2015, but it’s out in the wild now. Leaks happen. There’s nothing that can be done about it after the fact.
It’s actually not very exciting, as trailers go:
OK, to be fair to Naughty Dog, the trailer itself isn’t very exciting but what it represents really is. The HD remaster of The Last of Us is still one of the best PS4 exclusives since, well, the original version on PS3, and before Bloodborne was released in March The Last of Us Remastered was still the true killer exclusive in the PS4’s arsenal. Anybody going to argue in favour of The Order: 1886? No, I didn’t think so.
So when Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End drops in early 2016 we’ll all be ready and suitably excited for it; doubly so because we’ll have had since October 9 2015 to enjoy the first three titles in the Uncharted series – Drake’s Fortune, Among Thieves and Drake’s Deception – in beautifully remastered 1080p on PS4.
Yes, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection isn’t a new release but it’s still an important one, just as The Last of Us Remastered was in mid-2014. It will bring gamers who didn’t own a PS3 up to speed for A Thief’s End and will serve as a handy set of recap prequels for those who have played them before; plus, it’s three great games for the price of one, which can only be a good thing for the consumer.
*This is hyperbole. At best, it’s a barely clever wordplay, and at worst, it’s just plain stupid. We don’t know where Edward Snowden is, or if he is indeed on a boat or otherwise… No! Stop! Please, I’ve told you everything I know! Not the waterboarding again…