2015 lost a big title when Naughty Dog revealed they would be pushing back Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End to 2016. At first, it was stated that they wanted to make sure the game was the quality that gamers expected. But now, via an interview with GameRadar director Neil Druckmann revealed it was the ending that pushed it back.
“Even when I’m describing the ending, it’s a pretty… Well, I guess this is a little bit of a spoil… Nah, I’m not going to say it!” he teased. “But there is something that happens that requires quite a bit of work for what we want it to do, and again we would have had to reduce that scope and reduce that ambition to meet that [original] deadline.”
Though he maintained it was also a factor to ensure fan satisfaction with this title, and not solely to make sure the story had a good ending.
“We were weighing those choices between fans and their expectations,” Druckmann said. “It was going to disappoint them to push this thing back, but this is the last chapter for Nathan Drake, so let’s give ourselves as much time as possible and go all-out for this series.”
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End comes out March 18, 2016