PC gamers are uncertain about the future of Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection and the series; Naughty Dog has responded to their concerns and talked about future plans.
On the occasion of the PC launch of Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection, Naughty Dog has taken the time to reflect on the journey so far. They also answered questions about why they decided to make A Thief’s End and The Lost Legacy the series’ entry for PC gamers. As it turns out, porting the first three Uncharted games over from PS3 would have required significant overhauls. But in the future, Naughty Dog is more excited than ever to bring its games to the PC platform.
After eight months of waiting, PC gamers can finally sink their teeth into the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection.
The game was released yesterday on Steam and the Epic Games Store. Initial reviews of the Legacy of Thieves Collection have made it one of the best PlayStation ports yet. It seems to contain a lot of PC-centric improvements and quality enhancements. Despite rave reviews, some PC gamers are still hesitant to take the plunge on this release. Because the first three Uncharted titles are conspicuously absent from the platform.
Naughty Dog vice president Christian Gyrling addresses the concerns of the PC community in a PlayStation Blog post while also outlining the future of the series. Naughty Dog still holds the first three Uncharted games in high regard. He stated that they are still satisfied with them from a narrative perspective. However, “they would need a significant visual overhaul to stand up to modern PC releases”.
In addition, Gyrling said. Uncharted 4 and The Lost Legacy are easy candidates for PC conversion. Simply because they were developed on more modern hardware. In addition, the company believes that all Uncharted games work well on their own. This makes Uncharted 4 and The Lost Legacy an excellent entry point into the series.
Looking to the future, Naughty Dog is excited about PC games.
It has stated that it deliberately worked with Iron Galaxy to “better understand PC development”. Naughty Dog’s work with Iron Galaxy on Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection has significantly changed the studio’s in-house engine. This has made it better and more flexible for the PC platform. It may even have left the door open for further ports in the years to come. All in all, Naughty Dog believes the experience was a “transformative turning point” for the company and an essential milestone for games developed for PlayStation 5 and PC.
Naughty Dog’s commitment to the PC platform is undoubtedly evident with the port of Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection. But some of what the company said today might be questionable for some fans. Many will note that the Nathan Drake Collection also bundled the original Uncharted games and was released for PS4, indicating that the work needed to convert the PS3 game to the x86 platform – which is common to the newer consoles and PC – has already been done.
Notably, Bluepoint Studios led that project, so something between Bluepoint and Naughty Dog may likely be preventing these games from making it to the new platforms.
Source: PlayStation Blog