Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Delayed Once More, To April


Naughty Dog’s long-awaited final chapter in the Nathan Drake story, Uncharted 4, will now release a month later.

The Uncharted franchise is one of supreme excellence, especially when you consider its gigantic setpieces throughout Nathan Drake’s adventures. Who could forget waking up on a train hanging over the edge of a mountain cliff in Uncharted 2, or jumping from convoy to convoy in Uncharted 3, or even exploring a German U-Boat in the original title? It takes time to create memorable narrative adventures of that magnitude, which is why the news that Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will be delayed once more is not surprising.

Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley are the bringers of bad news this time, reporting the delay to fans on the PlayStation Blog. “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is wrapping up production and is shaping up to be the proper send off for Nathan Drake that we’ve promised you,” their statement reads. “The bad news is that we need a bit more time to finish the game so that it meets our standards and vision. Let’s cut to the chase, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has a new release date in North America of April 26, 2016.

“This is our largest Uncharted game to date, and the team has been working incredibly hard to meet the challenge of closing out the game’s development in a timely manner. However, as we approached our final deadlines and started wrapping up the game’s levels, we realized that several key sequences needed extra resources to bring them to the finish line. After carefully considering all of our options, we decided to extend our schedule, making sure that we get a few more polish passes before submitting our gold master (the final disc for manufacturing).”

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This isn’t the first time Uncharted 4 was delayed. Previously, the game was given a late-2015 launch window before being delayed to March 2016, making the delay to April 26 an easier pill to swallow. At the very least, recent information provided by Naughty Dog reveal that the game will include dialogue options, something that will provide a nuanced look at a series know for its action-movie-like proceedings and corny one-liners sold by performance capture and VA kings like Nolan North and Emily Rose.