Uncharted 4Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has been delayed until spring 2016 so that the game can meet Naughty Dogs, and the fans, high standard for the series.

The PS4 exclusive was expected to be released at the end of the year and would have surely led Sony’s drive for Christmas sales, but no official release date had been pinned down.

The delay was announced by the games directors, Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann, in a post on the PlayStation Blog, who apologised, knowing the wait will be ‘excruciating’ for fans.

“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.” The pair said. “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 statement concluded.

“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.”

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