Naughty Dog considered including PS Vita game Golden Abyss as part of the upcoming Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection but ultimately decided it fell too far outside of the narrative arc of the trilogy, the developer has today confirmed.
Following a presentation on the history of the series at EGX 2015, the developer’s community strategist Arne Meyer was asked as to why the SCE Bend-developed Vita spinoff is not present in the PS4 collection. He replied:
“It was definitely under consideration, because we were trying to see how we could collect all of the Uncharted games. But when we went back and looked at what we were trying to do with the Nathan Drake Collection, we realised that those three games – the trilogy – actually provided a particular narrative arc that led into Uncharted 4. We wanted to keep that as a holistic collection for that reason, and Golden Abyss kind of lives a little bit outside of that.”
Meyer also spoke to Power Up Gaming on the removal of Uncharted 2 and 3’s multiplayer elements from the compilation, which releases October 7.