Unfortunately, the long-awaited next installment of the Uncharted franchise, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, has been handed down another delay. The highly anticipated sequel has now had its release moved back another month from March 18 to April 26, 2018. Naughty Dog and Creative Director Neil Druckmann and Game Director Bruce Straley confirmed the news in an official statement to the PlayStation Blog. You can read the full statement below:
Let’s start with the good news: 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. 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).
Pushing the date is not an easy choice, and we wouldn’t do it if we didn’t feel in our hearts it’s the best course of action for the game. To you, our loyal fans, we hope you’ll accept our sincere apology. We know many of you have been waiting patiently for Nathan Drake’s final chapter, and now we humbly ask you to wait a bit longer.
On April 26, 2016 the most ambitious installment in the Uncharted series will be in your hands.
Hopefully, this latest delay will provide the juice that is worth the squeeze. Obviously, waiting longer for the game is disappointing. However, getting a broken or bugged out game full of glitches at launch would be even worse. Look no further than at how the Windows PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight was virtually unplayable and had to be pulled from the market.
However, if Naughty Dog is taking the delays that means the final product should be very polished, and fans should not have to suffer through major first day patches at launch. This takes into account how much fans invest into new games.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will apparently be the final quest in the story of adventurer and treasure hunter Nathan Drake. The game will now hit the shelves on April 26, 2016. It will be available exclusively for the PlayStation 4.