In an update released on the official Playstation blog, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End directors Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann reveal that the game will be delayed until Spring of 2016.
In the post, Druckmann and Straley state the reasons behind the delay:
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.
Honestly speaking, delaying the game’s release will probably benefit both the developers and the game itself. The team at Naughty Dog won’t be in a rush to have the game out by this year, meaning it would ensure the quality we come to expect from them. They will have all the time they need to clean-out bugs and polish the game to the standards Naughty Dog are known for.
I’m sure some people will be upset by this announcement, but put it this way, though: would you rather have a game that has a long development time, and is as polished as Metal Gear Solid 4? Or would you rather have a game rushed out the door to make it to the holiday season, like Assassin’s Creed: Unity?
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is the latest title in one of Naughty Dog’s most successful franchises to date, and will be available exclusively on the Sony Playstation 4.