In an announcement that should surprise no one, Naughty Dog has revealed that Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection — the original trilogy of Uncharted games, remastered for the PlayStation 4 — is real, and it will be arriving October 9.
Naught Dog community strategist Arne Meyer made the announcement via the official PlayStation Blog, promising that the trilogy will not only be in 1080p and 60 frames per second, but will also include Photo Mode, something Sony has also added for its God of War III and The Last of Us PS4 ports.
The Nathan Drake Collection is in development at Bluepoint Games, a studio previously known for excellent ports of Titanfall, Ico, and PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. However, the collection will only include the campaigns for the trilogy, even making it clear at the bottom of the PS4 box art. Although the Uncharted games were never particularly famous for their multiplayer, the decision to omit them suggests that The Nathan Drake Collection may not always have been in the works.
While Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End was originally scheduled for a late 2015 release, directors Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann called the project “much more ambitious than we originally envisioned,” necessitating a spring 2016 release date. Straley and Druckmann, who previously directed The Last of Us, were brought on mid-development to replace the departing Justin Richmond.
The remastered games now take A Thief’s End‘s place in 2015, and the collection also includes Beta access to the Uncharted 4 multiplayer beta, much like Halo: The Master Chief Collection offered last year — it appears they share more than just similar naming conventions. Pre-orders for The Nation Drake Collection also include the “Nathan Drake Pack,” which includes gold guns and extra single-player skins, while digital pre-orders also include a new PS4 theme available “as an immediate download.”