According to Naughty Dog, one of the reasons behind the decision to remaster the first three Uncharted games for PlayStation 4 was because 80 percent of PS4 owners have never played the series before.
Speaking with MCV, Naughty Dog community strategist Eric Monacelli said that the company has high expectations of Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection.
“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," Monacelli explained. "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'.”
In June last year, Sony's Shuhei Yoshida revealed in an interview with Eurogamer that, at the time, almost 50 percent of PS4 owners didn't have a PlayStation 3. This is also what drove the decision to bring The Last of Us to PS4 as The Last of Us Remastered, with Sony's Josh Walker telling MCV that "a huge proportion of PS4 players haven’t experienced The Last of Us yet."
Monacelli also talked about the rumours of a Last of Us sequel that have been doing the rounds, but said that Naughty Dog is a studio that only works on one thing at time. At the moment, that's Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, and after that, it'll be singleplayer DLC for Uncharted 4.
“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?" he said. "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."
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection came out this week, exclusively for PlayStation 4. For more information, see our review.