It appears that Nathan Drake likes to keep his fans waiting, as Uncharted 4 gets delayed once again, pushing the launch date to April 2016. This announcement came with an official apology from the game’s developer Naughty Dog.
This was not the first time the game got pushed back, being originally scheduled for a Fall 2015 release, then switching to a March 2016 date. Even if the added one month of wait is not extremely large when compared to other delays, like Deus Ex Mankind Divided, the game will still suffer from a slight backlash from the fans which have been waiting for the next installment in the franchise for a rather long time.
The reasons for this delay were claimed by the developers to be caused by the vastness of the game itself. Being the largest and most defined Uncharted game to date, Naughty Dog wants to at least try to live up to the hype that Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has gathered since it was first announced. Although fans have some rather adverse reactions to delays, they should think that by delaying a game, the finished version will be much more polished. If one would look at annual releases like Assassin’s Creed, the effects of rushing a game in order to meet a specific game can be clearly seen.
Gamers should ask themselves: Do they want another buggy mess like Assassin’s Creed Unity or Syndicate, or do they want to wait just a bit more for a truly complete game. Even if Uncharted was still in alpha when it was showed at E3 this year, the game looked amazing, although it had some slight hiccups, making the developers switch to a different console. All those slight and major hiccups aside, one cannot argue the fact that the new installment in the franchise pushes the PS4 console to its limits in regards to graphical fidelity.
Another thing that fans should understand is that hype will always hinder the final experience of the game. A perfect example would be Watch Dogs, which was marketed extensively and ultimately let everyone down. Even critically acclaimed and countless award winner like Witcher 3 Wild Hunt didn’t completely live up to the hype, being accused of graphical downgrading on PC in order to not show an extremely big difference in graphical fidelity when compared to its console version.
Naughty Dog has a pretty hard task to complete before the new release date of April 26th. Even if Uncharted 4 gets delayed once again, there might be another delay announcement a couple of weeks before the launch, even if that is only speculation at this point. Either way, the hopes of fans and gamers in general rest with Naughty Dog. If Uncharted 4 A Thief’s End delivers on almost all of its promises, it will undoubtedly be an extremely strong contender for 2016 game of the year. With other games like No Man’s Sky and the Final Fantasy 7 Remake, next year is starting to look like one of the best years in gaming history.