Uncharted: Golden Abyss Almost Made it into The Nathan Drake Collection

Technically, there have been four full-fledged Uncharted games released since 2007. Though it may not contain a number, Uncharted: Golden Abyss for the PS Vita remains a solid entry in the Uncharted franchise. This made it curious as to why it was not included in the Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection. Naughty Dog has finally given some insight into why the Sony Bend developed prequel was not included in the collection.

The studio recently held a presentation at EGX 2015 where they were asked why Uncharted: Golden Abyss isn’t in the collection. Community Strategist Arne Meyer revealed that Golden Abyss’ inclusion almost happened, but the fact that the story didn’t mesh with the other three titles kept it out of the collection.

“It was definitely under consideration, because we were trying to see how we could collect all of the Uncharted games,” Meyer explained to Power up Gaming. “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.”

Uncharted: Golden Abyss launched February 2012 alongside the PS Vita and was immediately hailed as a killer app for the new handheld thanks it its stellar visuals and solid gameplay. The game remains one of the best on the handheld.

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, a compilation of Uncharted 1-3, still has hours upon hours of content even without Golden Abyss. Though we would have liked to see Golden Abyss on PS4, we’re still getting a lot of bang for our buck with The Nathan Drake Collection. The collection is out October 9.