Retailer Screwups Trigger Uncharted 4 Panic

Retailer Screwups Trigger Uncharted 4 Panic

Uncharted 4 won't be out for another two weeks, but retailers across the world have somehow lost track of that, leading to widespread chaos and pandemonium. Also spoilers. Yesterday, the UK-based gaming website Video Gamer spoke to someone who'd walked into a CeX electronics store and bought the game on Monday. He just walked in and bought it.

Meanwhile, yesterday Amazon started sending out notifications to customers who had pre-ordered Uncharted 4, announcing that the game would ship today. "Arriving today by 8pm," they said.

Shortly afterwards, Amazon walked it back, sending out emails to clarify: "The release date for the video game listed below has been changed by the publisher, and we want to provide you with a new delivery estimate based on the new release date: 'Uncharted 4: A Thief's End - PlayStation 4' — Estimated arrival date: May 10, 2016."

Whoops. So Amazon doesn't seem to be sending the game out early, but at least a few people, mostly in Europe, have gotten Uncharted 4 before street date. It's safe to say that if you don't want to be spoiled, you should be careful.

Amazon wasn't the only company to screw up here. This afternoon, Redbox chimed in with a tantalising albeit inaccurate tweet:

Retailer Screwups Trigger Uncharted 4 Panic

There's an easy explanation for most of this: Uncharted 4 was originally slated to come out yesterday. Last month, Naughty Dog announced another two-week delay, bumping it to May 10 (my birthday!). It's likely that the last-minute release date shift messed with some of these companies. Local retailers in your area might even be selling the game right now.


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    Hmmm... I get my PS4 on May 4th. I wonder if I can smash out the Uncharted trilogy in six days...

      Not a chance unless you do nothing but play for about 10-12 hours a day

        Nah, I reckon you could probably knock each of those games off in 8-10 hours, give or take a bit depending on if you go for easier or harder difficulty. So 4-5 hours a day over 6 days... may be doable depending on how much other stuff you've got going on in your life at the time :P

          Yeah but I am a perfectionist.. so to collect all the treasures would take a while

        I did it in 4 days. It's not a particularly hard series on normal mode you can do it.

      Impossible Id skip Uncharted 1 all together, good game but control and aim is shitty. Uncharted 2 ia claimed to be the beat so far by many I thoight it was great but not the beat so far. Then my personal favorite was Uncharted 3 That ones story I feel is gonna be most important to the lore and lean u into UC4 smoothly.
      I personally loved uncharted 3s Multiplayer & Co-op missions back before

    I have taken that day off work to finish it spoiler-free.

    If it gets spoiled for me now because of this I am going to be so incredibly pissed.

      I've been on a UC4 media blackout since the very first gameplay trailer. I played the multiplayer and that's it.
      I've also taken the day off work and will be apocalyptically miffed if I even see a moment of new gameplay or a hint of a plotline before May 10.

    EDIT: supposed to be a reply to the above comment

    Last edited 27/04/16 9:08 am

    I always have people coming in asking me to sell games to them early, joking that it doesn't mean anything to me, but after explaining that it could cost me my job (work takes this kinda stuff super seriously), and a hefty personal fine they normally are happy to wait it out.

    But 90% of the stuff we receive with embargos(street dates) come with so many warnings labels and letters that its nearly impossible for someone to sell something before the street date with out some kind of knowledge they are breaking it.

      I'm with you here.

      Often for big game releases I see people saying "Go into a JB Hi-Fi/EB and ask the staff and they'll sell it to you." Good luck with that. Maybe in the past it was harder to know about embargoes, but not nowadays.

    always problems with brick and mortar and releases... wonder if those that have the game can connect

      would you even need to be online to play it?

        nearly every game requires online now so.....

    So the discs still went to retail on time, meaning the delay was for a day 1 patch...?

    That does beg the question, why that extra 2 week delay? Wonder if the people who managed to get it early will have a worse time because of an incoming day 1 patch or something.

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