Looks like we’ll have to wait a little longer before slipping back into the scuffed shoes of Nathan Drake in Uncharted 4.
In a post made earlier today on the official PlayStation Blog, Naughty Dog directors Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann have confirmed that the game, which was expected to be released towards the end of this year, has been delayed to Spring 2016. The move has apparently been made to add extra polish to the game.
“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,” they said in the post.
“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.”
Uncharted 4 was due to be the jewel in Sony’s release schedule for this year, so it’s delay leaves a big blockbuster-shaped hole in the run up to Christmas. Rival Microsoft has Halo 5 lined up to be its big end-of-year blockbuster, while Nintendo has a new Legend of Zelda due for release.
“Thank you for your patience – we know the extra wait will be excruciating, but you’ll see it will be worth it as we reveal more about Uncharted 4 over the next year. The team at Naughty Dog will be heads down working through 2015 making sure that Nathan Drake’s story gets the closure it deserves. Come Spring 2016, you and Nate are in for one thrilling, emotional ride,” the statement concludes.
Nathan Drake’s fourth adventure was officially announced during Sony’s presentation at E3 in 2013, but it wasn’t until last December that the world got its first real glimpse of the game in action. After three games which increasingly pushed the PlayStation 3 to its limits and made Uncharted into one of the biggest gaming properties in the industry, Naughty Dog will be feeling the pressure to ensure that the next installment lives up to the high quality bar set its own previous work. The tech certainly looks impressive, with the somewhat narrow and limited environments replaced by a far larger areas, and the animators have clearly been working overtime to ensure that characters’ movements are as realistic as possible.
After the massive success of The Last of Us and previous Uncharted Games, Naughty Dog has a lot to live up to, so it’s perhaps inevitable that Uncharted 4 has experienced a delay to ensure that it’s the best game it possibly can be. Sony, on the other hand, now needs to fill the void left by the game’s absence at Christmas, though it remains to be seen just how they will accomplish that. Perhaps we’ll learn more at this year’s E3 in June.