Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has been delayed. The game is now coming out on April 26, 2016. That’s a bit more than a month past the previous release date of March 18, 2016.
The news comes from the PlayStation Blog as Creative Director Neil Druckmann and Game Director Bruce Straley pen a letter to fans explaining the delay.
They start by indicating that the game is “wrapping up production and is shaping up to be the proper send off for Nathan Drake” that they promised gamers. The problem is that they need a little more time to polish things up.
This is our largest Uncharted game to date, and the team has been working incredibly hard to meet the challenge of closing out the game’s development in a timely manner. However, as we approached our final deadlines and started wrapping up the game’s levels, we realized that several key sequences needed extra resources to bring them to the finish line. After carefully considering all of our options, we decided to extend our schedule, making sure that we get a few more polish passes before submitting our gold master (the final disc for manufacturing).
Pushing the date is not an easy choice, and we wouldn’t do it if we didn’t feel in our hearts it’s the best course of action for the game. To you, our loyal fans, we hope you’ll accept our sincere apology. We know many of you have been waiting patiently for Nathan Drake’s final chapter, and now we humbly ask you to wait a bit longer.
I’ll take the extra month of waiting if it means an even better game. I wonder if I’ll still have to download a massive day-one patch, too…