We'll have to wait a bit longer to get our hands on Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

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Mar 11, 2015, 4:01 PM EDT

If you were looking forward to getting your hands on Naughty Dog’s highly anticipated Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End by the end of 2015, we’ve got some bad news. Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann, the game’s directors, announced via the Playstation Blog that we'll have to wait until spring 2016 before we can get our hands on Nathan Drake again. Here’s the announcement:

Since we showed you our first gameplay reveal of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, more of the game and story have come together, and it’s become clear to us that this game is much more ambitious than we originally envisioned

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 — 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 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.

This is the official log line for Uncharted 4:

Several years after his last adventure, retired fortune hunter, Nathan Drake, is forced back into the world of thieves. With the stakes much more personal, Drake embarks on a globe-trotting journey in pursuit of a historical conspiracy behind a fabled pirate treasure. His greatest adventure will test his physical limits, his resolve, and ultimately what he’s willing to sacrifice to save the ones he loves.

Uncharted is without a doubt one of my favorite videogame franchises EVER, and this news is actually bumming me out a little. OK, make that A LOT. Maybe watching this 15-minute gameplay video that was released last December will help put a balm on it? 

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will be released exclusively for the PlayStation 4 sometime next year.

(via Coming Soon)