Sony Delays Uncharted 4 to 2016

If you were looking forward to Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End hitting the PS4 this holiday season, we’ve got some bad news for you. According to the PlayStation Blog, the latest Nathan Drake adventure has been pushed back by developer Naughty Dog.

Creative Director Neil Druckman says the reasoning behind the delay is simple: Uncharted 4 is “much more ambitious” than the team originally planned for, making the move to a Spring 2016 release date a necessity. While recent footage of the game looks great, the team just feels like the game won’t be ready in time to deliver a quality experience at launch.

While certainly a disappointment for some, it’s also likely a welcome move among the gaming community, due to the recent trend of big name titles being released in broken, nearly unplayable states that can take months to fix, if at all. Many blame tight deadlines set by publishers and a “we’ll just patch it later” mentality among certain game developers, so a decision to delay a game to make sure it’s perfect at release is one certainly applauded by some.

It’s also becoming a trend of its own: Rocksteady delayed Batman: Arkham Knight for quality issues, as did CD Projekt Red with The Witcher: Wild Hunt.