Unquestionably, one of the most anticipated games at the moment is Uncharted 4. Not only is it the latest instalment in a long running franchise, it is also its first appearance on this current generation of consoles.
With this in mind, it was with a heavy heart that fans of the franchise will take this news. Uncharted 4 has been delayed. This was unveiled in a statement by the Creative director Neil Druckmann and game director Bruce Straley.
The statement read as follows: “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”.
All in all, this is disappointing news. I do consider myself a fan of the Uncharted franchise, so hearing this stings a little. However, with this in mind, it is not that long a wait, and if it means giving them more time to polish a game, I have no trouble waiting a touch longer. I would rather have a quality product, than get a buggy and broken one early any day. So, in the end, I do not mind the slight delay, provided that the game is good, and free of bugs.