Uncharted 4 Delayed To Q2 2016

Uncharted 4 Delayed to Spring 2016

The next entry in Naughty Dog's well-loved action/adventure franchise won't be out this year, according to Uncharted 4 directors Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann.

Druckmann and Straley broke the news on the official PlayStation blog:

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.

Uncharted 4 will be the series' debut entry on Sony's newest home console and was shown off last December at the company's first PlayStation Experience event. Since Uncharted 3 came out in 2011, various high-profile members of Naughty Dog have left the studio, including the franchise's former head writer and creative director Amy Hennig, lead designer Richard Lemarchand and Justin Richmond. who was the game director for Uncharted 4.

Hearing that a big exclusive is getting moved out of the calendar year isn't great for PS4 owners, especially after the terrible reception for console exclusive The Order: 1886. But hopefully the decision means that Uncharted 4 will work as intended at launch. The next big PS4 release will be Bloodborne, which comes to the PS4 in a few weeks.


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    Good, I'm still too poor to buy a ps4 atm.

    I play my Xbone more than my PS4, and I'm planning on getting a gaming PC next month, but this is still a bummer. It's probably the only announced game I've been hanging for on the PS4 :(

      I had this, the order and bloodborne marked in as reasons to buy my PS4 last year but now I'm left with bloodborne.

        If you are looking for something to play after Bloodborne check out Driveclub - it is pretty cheap right now and will keep you going for months if you get into it. I'm not usually a fan of racing games but this one is simple yet addictively challenging.

          I've got driveclub but didn't really like it, I tried to trade it in actually and JB's trade in value is $1. Really, ONE DOLLAR.

            1 dollar? Ha they really are trying to kill discs aren't they?

              Yeah I was surprised, I tried to trade in the evil within as well (was in my ps4 bundle, i already owned it) and that was something like $20. I would have expected driveclub to be at least $10 or something similar.

                It's trade in value is $1 because it was in JB's Xmas bundle and was traded in by everyone under the sun. We literally have shelves of it, the more it got traded in, the less the value became.

            I imagine that's because it was in their bundles during the Christmas sale. $1 is a bit silly though.

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

      I came here to post this EXACT SAME THING

        Better them delay it and do it right than shove it out the door and patch it until it works. Honestly and I mean no offence to all you guys hanging out for it, I take this as good news when a game says to hell with it's deadline lets just do it right.

        Surely this means it will work on day 1 and not 3-6 months down the track when it's half price.

        @georgestmichael

          That's true, and Naughty Dog games, despite a few glitches, are usually very well made, without any game breaking bugs. So while I am disappointed that it has been delayed, I definitely will appreciate it in the long run.

          My disappointment was less thought out than that. I just want it to be ready now :(

          But upon deeper reflection, I certainly would rather it be late if it'll be a better game for it.

    Is this the first time they've actually confirmed (even though it was kind of obvious) that this will be the last uncharted game? While it's a crime that I can't play it now, the last of us was delayed so there's no need to worry too much. Just make it good

      Possibly. I don't recall any official word spoken of it - even though everybody was fully aware of the fact upon announcement.

      It's not necessarily the last Uncharted game though. It's the last one involving Drake as the protagonist. I'd be interested to see them bring in a new character and for Drake to take a Sully-like role in his senior years.

      That said, it seems pretty likely that Drake will die in this game.

      They keep referring to it as Nathan Drake's final chapter, so I'd wager they'll continue the series, but with another descendant of Francis Drake.

        How awesome would it be if they went head to head with Tomb Raider by having Drake die and then in the next game, his daughter 'Laura' could take up treasure hunting and follow in his footsteps :-)

          The frustrating thing is many american's wouldn't get the joke, as they already pronounce Lara as Laura anyway [it's infuriating to listen to :s]

            I don't really get how they came by that pronunciation. Same with 'Kreg' for Craig...

              It's not even a pronunciation thing, it's more of an idiotic thing. They still have the name Lara, and pronounce it 'La - rah', but I think a lot of people see the name Lara and actually think its just the same name as Laura.

                lol well that is pretty idiotic if that's the thought process...

        Uncharted will make no sense to throw in another descendant from Francis Drake, after following Nate's travels during the previous games to throw in some other character would be weird, the only exception I could give is that Nate featured with a Co-Op mode or is in the story line for a fair chunk

      In the past, Naughty Dog has pointed out the titles to Uncharted games are deliberately ambiguous. eg which Drake is the subject (Nathan or Sir Francis), is Drake doing the deception or experiencing the deception.

    Damn. I played my PS4 for maybe a month after buying it but since then it's been untouched while my xbox gets all the use, with this years line up I was expecting my PS4 to become worthwhile but after the order and this delay now I've only got bloodborne to look forward to. :(

    They can't kill off drake ... Epic fail

      I don't see it happening either. It's directly in contradiction worth the tone of the entire franchise.

        I'm inclined to agree with this. Though I think extra emphasis should be put on "can't kill him." Look at what he's survived!

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    Hmm. Q2, 2016 eh? I seem to recall a certain hardware announcement from Sony recently which shared that release window.
    Maybe Uncharted 4 is intended to be the Morpheus's day 1 killer app.

      Holy crap, could you imagine if they are putting in first person view, a la GTAV!?!?!

        I'd be worried about motion sickness from this kind of game though

        On reflection, I think it's more likely to be a separate game mode, along the lines of The Heist - which is essentially a cover shooter, after all. I think the core game will remain non-Morpheus, although perhaps a "viewing mode" where you can fine tune your aim with head tilts could work. Kind of like the gyro integration on handhelds.
        I agree with @outbreak in that the cinematic camera work and all-out mayhem of the action sequences would probably be a fast track to the sick bag. Prove me wrong, Naughty Dog... prove me wrong.

      But how would I turn around on my couch? Is it going to be on rails? I dont get how VR works for full on 3d environments and action games.

      Cockpit games however, that is where I see it thriving...

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        I elaborated in the comment above. But for arguments sake, and to explain my thoughts a little further, it could work if all the Morpheus did was display the stereoscopic images and give you very slight, subtle control over the camera. You'd still play it with a Dualshock, just like normal - but when you're aiming you can line up your shot with the stick, and "aim" with your head. In third-person, moving your head would let you see into just a little of the FOV which is usually off-screen. Yes, you could just tilt the analog stick and get the same effect, but the aim is immersion. I don't think it's too much of a stretch to believe that emulating a subtle movement from real life into a game would add to the sense of being there, regardless of the perspective.
        It'd have the exact same control scheme we're used to, with slight enhancements afforded by head tracking. Handheld, gyro-enabled titles which have used this line of thinking to excellent effect are Killzone Mercenary, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, and the Zelda remakes on 3ds. I'll wholeheartedly admit that playing those games in that way is what has led me down this train of thought.

          Fair enough. I guess I'll have to give it a go, not entirely sold on the idea, I thought moving the camera was exactly what made people motion sick, but if it works I can't fight progress.

            I'm not sure how well it'll work either, to be honest. So far as I can tell the dissonance between what you see and what your body thinks it should be doing is the main contributer. That, and refresh rates - which Sony have reportedly sorted out.
            My theory is that having what's essentially a fixed perspective which you have minimal control over should go some way to alleviate the problem. I've only had a little experience with VR though, and wholly admit that I may be talking out of my arse. I don't know whether this will work in practise.

    So about now next year? I'll keep, as long as they keep posting all those delicious new images of Drake.

    I was about to buy a PS4 just to have this title, especially after being hyped up during my recent re-playthroughs of the first 3 games, it is a shame to see that is postponed, but good due to the fact we know Naughty Dog will make sure that it looks as pretty as possible and there will be no horrible glitches or bugs. I feel like it is a good decision

    I'd rather they take their time and give us something polished than rush a poorly-made, poorly playtested sequel out to meet some arbitrary deadline like they did with Uncharted 3 (which I found to be incredibly disappointing & a frustrating chore to play a lot of the time)

    Project CARS has also been delayed to May.

    Although that's been delayed more than GTAV PC by now, probably closer to how much Heists got delayed

    This gen obviously takes more time to develop than last gen. Most major releases are seeing delays and still launching unfinished.

    Good, take as much time as you need. Ill have Bloodbourne and MGSV to tide me over. Not sure when JC3 launches, that'll keep me occupied for a while.

    So uncharted one of my favourite series has been delayed :(
    I hope they release the previous 3 games for the PS4 in the meantime.

    So the games I would like to get now are ..

    Bloodborne
    Mortal Kombat X
    Witcher 3
    Battlefield Hardline
    Shovel knight
    Batman Arkham Knight
    Mad Max
    Tembo the badass elephant
    Banner Saga

    I am going to be broke for a long time...

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