Well, now, there's nothing wrong with bold claims. It tends to set the bar higher, even if the statement itself isn't exactly accurate.
According to CVG, Uncharted director Bruce Straley believes that in terms of the PlayStation audience, Nathan Drake is already "up there" with the likes of Tomb Raider 's Lara Croft, popularity-wise. They asked him if he thought Drake would ever become as big as Lara and Straley responded, "Why, do you think he's already there, if not beyond that point already…?" Straley elaborates below:
"I feel that Nathan Drake can stand on his own in any line up of the video game pantheon. We've created something new with him by infusing him with traits more associated with a good movie protagonist than just a video game icon. It's not just us drinking the kool-aid either – according to not an insignificant number of reviews, press, and forums, people have really taken to Nathan Drake's character.
"I think people like him because he's compelling, and a much needed breath of fresh air in an industry that's been a bit stale for a while, in terms of characters."
All good points, of course, but Drake – who has starred in only one game so far – really isn't as popular as a character who has not only been in a gazillion games, but has also starred in feature films and basically has a cult following all her own… On the other hand, perhaps Drake really is more on the minds of PlayStation owners at this point in time. After all, Tomb Raider: Underworld was decent but nothing spectacular like Drake's Fortune was, and all PS3 owners are eagerly anticipating the launch of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves later this year. Also, Uncharted is a PS3 exclusive, and Straley is talking about the PlayStation audience…
Hmm…maybe he is right.