One of the most anticipated PlayStation exclusive titles of 2015 needs more time in the oven, and won’t be ready for about another year.
Developer Naughty Dog announced today that their highly anticipated platforming/third-person shooter sequel Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has been delayed until Spring of 2016, when it will be released exclusively on the PlayStation 4. Announcing this delay via a post on the PlayStation Blog, Naughty Dog’s creative director Neil Druckmann said that the additional time is necessary in order to release a product that the team can be proud of. He said,
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.
Announced at last year’s Sony Media Briefing at E3, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is the latest game in the landmark Uncharted series, which released three blockbuster games exclusively on PlayStation 3 between 2007-2011. The games follow the exploits of Nathan Drake, a direct descendant of English sea captain and explorer Sir Francis Drake, who lives his life as a treasure hunter by trade.
Nate, along with companions like fellow treasure hunter Victor “Sully” Sullivan and reporter Elena Fisher, often get dragged into malevolent plots surrounding the treasures that they seek, which places them in dangerous adventures across the globe. Very much like a modern day Indiana Jones, Nathan Drake has become one of the marquee exclusive PlayStation characters, and both Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception have been singled out with nearly universal critical acclaim as some of the absolute best games of the last generation.
In 2013, Naughty Dog took a break from Drake’s adventures when they created the adventure/horror game The Last of Us, also to nearly universal critical acclaim. When they announced that Uncharted 4 was coming, they strongly hinted that this would be the final game of the extremely popular series, a claim made even more plausible by the game’s subtitle: A Thief’s End.
For more on Uncharted 4, check out this stunning gameplay video.
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