‘Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End’ Was Delayed Because of the Ending?

By September 25, 2015

The Uncharted franchise has become a staple of gaming history over the past few years. As fans of the series have gotten to play through Nathan Drake’s various, life-threatening adventures, the games have always managed to feel fresh, and never lose their fun quality that made them so enjoyable. Instead of becoming repetitive and annoying, the games always managed to craft an interesting and enjoyable narrative that really made you feel like you were participating in a Indiana Jones-style video game. Can’t get much better than that.

Which is a big reason fans were so disappointed when Naughty Dog announced that they would be delaying the release of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End until 2016, with players having to wait a number of months longer than they wanted to continue with Drake’s newest adventures and hijinks.

The game’s director, Neil Druckmann recently revealed in the newest issue of the Official Playstation Magazine (hat tip to GamesRadar) that the reason the game was delayed, was so the creative team and developers had enough time to create the large and ambitious ending they were hoping for instead of being forced to cut corners. Read his full quote below:

“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! 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”.

When you take into consideration that A Thief’s End will be the final game featuring Nathan Drake as the lead character, it makes sense that Naughty Dog would want to work hard to create the best possible send-off for the character they could. It’s something that I think a lot of fans will probably appreciate in the end, even if it did take them a little longer than originally planned to get there.

“We were weighing those choices between fans and their expectations. 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.”

By the time gamers catch up with Nathan Drake at the beginning of the game, the long-time thrill seeker will be much older than we’ve seen him before, as he’s already semi-retired from his days as a treasure hunter. It’s only when his older brother Sam arrives that forces Drake back into the game, and most likely putting his life at an even greater risk than he has before.

So while fans will have to wait until next year to play through the game’s campaign and story (the multiplayer beta will kick off in December), it seems only fitting that the finale be as grand and epic as possible. Naughty Dog is one of the few developers out there right now that manages to balance the cinematic stories of their games with the actual gameplay, and something tells me A Thief’s End is going to be the game that both the fans, and Nathan Drake’s character deserve.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is set to be released on March 18th, 2016 on PS4.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable
  • David Johnson

    Nice to see a company put Quality ahead of Profits!!!!