Prepare yourselves for some bad news, Uncharted fans - the latest instalment in Nathan Drake's epic adventure has just been delayed to Spring 2016, pushed past its previous release date expected later this year.
I've been dying to get my hands on Uncharted 4: A Thief's End ever since its show-stopping announcement at E3 last year, making this unfortunate news particularly hard to swallow. As one of the PlayStation 4's tentpole franchises, Sony are left with an even thinner line-up of exclusive titles to keep players busy throughout 2015.
The game's co-directors, Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley, took to the Official PlayStation Blog to explain their reasoning for the delay:
Since we showed you our first gameplay reveal of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, more of the game and story have come together, and it’s become clear to us that this game is much more ambitious than we originally envisioned.
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.
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.
While the extra wait will certainly be frustrating, I'm prepared to take the hit if it means a better end product. I still have the utmost faith in Naughty Dog to deliver a truly remarkable game come Spring next year; they've yet to disappoint so far.
The real issue, it seems to me, is whether Sony can continue to give gamers enough reasons to opt for a PlayStation 4 over an XboxOne, especially with this recent dearth of exclusive content.