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Uncharted 4 delayed to 2016

Naughty Dog's first original PS4 game pushed to next spring; co-directors say project grew more ambitious than planned

Nathan Drake's character arc is stretching on further than expected. Sony today announced that Uncharted 4: A Thief's End will not make its 2015 release window, instead slipping into spring of 2016.

"Since we showed you our first gameplay reveal of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, more of the game and story have come together, and it's become clear to us that this game is much more ambitious than we originally envisioned," co-directors Bruce Straley and Neil Druckman explained in a statement on Sony's official PlayStation Blog, adding, "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."

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End has had an eventful development cycle. It was announced in late 2013 as a project headed up by creative director Amy Hennig and director Justin Richmond. However, Hennig left the studio last March, and was soon followed by Richmond. Sony set the 2015 release window just months after those departures, at E3 2014 last June.

Although it's still early in the year, the delay leaves Sony without an obvious exclusive tentpole for the holiday season. Just how significant that might be is debatable; Sony's highest profile exclusives last holiday season were the mid-year re-release The Last of Us Remastered, LittleBigPlanet 3, and Driveclub, yet the PS4 still sold 4.1 million systems in the holiday period.

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Pete Thompson Editor 7 years ago
Good news, hopefully it won't be the disaster that most of the other PS4 exclusives have been so far.. Although I'd also like to think the extra time is to develop an uncharted without the hateful Skill sapping QTE's..
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Peter Bond Studying Art & Design, University of Bedfordshire7 years ago
cool, that's all well and good, just hopefully delays won't keep happening [looks at project cars]...
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Jamie Read 3D Artist, Neon Play Ltd7 years ago
Good to hear. It seemed highly likely from the outside looking in, that this would be a much more reasonable release date.
More time to make an even better game and close out Nathan Drake's story with a bang.
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Richard Browne Head of External Projects, Digital Extremes7 years ago
So no reason to buy a PS4 until 2016???
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 7 years ago
So no reason to buy a PS4 until 2016???
True but it will still sell. There wasn't much reason to buy it last year either during the holidays when their biggest releases were Driveclub and Little Big Planet 3. And yet it still sold and continues to sell as if it has the best game lineup in the history of all video game consoles....which it clearly does not. No wonder Sony themselves have said that even they don't know why it's selling so well because it clearly has nothing to do with exclusive games available.
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