PlayStation had originally been eyeing a holiday 2015 release, but its developer Naughty Dog requested more time to finish the next installment of the “Uncharted” series. The third was released in 2011.
“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,” wrote “Uncharted 4” directors Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann in a Sony PlayStation blog post on Wednesday.
The new release strategy will actually benefit PlayStation’s sister company, Sony Pictures, given that the studio has dated its “Uncharted” film for June 10, 2016.
Moving the release date of the game by a few months was a “difficult choice” for Straley and Druckmann, but “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 added. “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.”
The games biz has been looking forward to “Uncharted 4,” given that the title will be the first in the franchise to launch on the PlayStation 4.
The title certainly looks ambitious, with the game’s graphics pushed to levels previously not seen in prior installments.
“Uncharted 4” will take place three years after “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception” and force the game’s hero and treasure hunter Nathan Drake out of retirement to locate a lost pirate colony.