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Why the PS4 Uncharted Collection doesn't include Golden Abyss

Developer Naughty Dog says that 2012's Uncharted game for PS Vita was "definitely under consideration" for inclusion in the collection. But here's why it didn't make the cut.

Upcoming PlayStation 4 game Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection includes remastered versions of the three Uncharted games for the PlayStation 3, but not the PlayStation Vita entry Golden Abyss. Now, developer Naughty Dog has explained why the SCE Bend-developed 2012 mobile spin-off won't be featured in the package.

Speaking at Europe's EGX convention this weekend, Naughty Dog community strategist Arne Meyer revealed that adding Golden Abyss to the collection was "definitely under consideration." However, it was ultimately decided that the three PS3 games -- Drake's Fortune, Among Thieves, and Drake's Deception -- would be sufficient to set up the story for 2016's Uncharted 4: A Thief's End.

"We realized that those three games -- the trilogy -- actually provided a particular narrative arc that led into Uncharted 4," Meyer told Power Up Gaming. "We wanted to keep that as a holistic collection for that reason, and Golden Abyss kind of lives a little bit outside of that."

Golden Abyss is the only entry in the series (apart from the card game Uncharted: Fight for Fortune) that wasn't developed by Naughty Dog. Reviews for the game were generally positive: GameSpot's review scored Golden Abyss a 7.

The Nathan Drake Collection launches on October 8 exclusively for PS4, but you can play a free demo from September 29. After playing the first three Uncharted games in 1080p and 60 frames per second, you can look forward to extra features including new difficulty options and a photo mode. Everyone who buys the collection also gets access to the multiplayer beta for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, which runs from December 4-13 on PS4.

The collection was developed by Bluepoint Games, which previously created Titanfall for Xbox 360 and PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale for PS Vita.

Our Nathan Drake Collection review is coming soon. But for now, you can watch us play through part of the game in the video above. You can also read up on the game's day one patch and make sure you have space for it by finding out its file size.