Sad news, adventure gamers: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has been delayed… until next year.
We had originally expected the game to arrive some time in 2015 – probably quite late in the year – but news from Naughty Dog is that we’re waiting until “Spring 2016” in the northern hemisphere. That’s nearly a full year away, but game directors Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann explain that it’s all for the best. The game, it seems, has become “much more ambitious” than the team originally envisioned.
After spending so many years with Nathan Drake, he means a lot to the team, and telling the climactic chapter of his adventures is a task we don’t take lightly – this game deserves every bit of the attention to detail, precise pacing, and nuanced storytelling Naughty Dog is known for.
So we’ve made the difficult choice of pushing the game’s release date. Giving us a few extra months will make certain that Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End not only meets the team’s high standards but the high standards that gamers have come to expect from a Naughty Dog title.
The team at Naughty Dog acknowledges that the wait will be “excruciating”, but thank you for your patience and promise that Uncharted 4 will be worth it in the end. By Spring 2016 (autumn in Australia/New Zealand), Nathan Drake will be ready to head out on another “thrilling, emotional ride”.
…one group of people who won’t be too disappointed by the date change is Crystal Dynamics, who are set to release Rise of the Tomb Raider in the 2015 holiday season. Drake’s delay now leaves the valuable Christmas market open for Lara’s Xbox One timed exclusive to waltz right in.