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Uncharted 4 Delayed Again, Pushed Back to May Release

Nathan Drake with his brother Sam. (Image by Naughty Dog)

Nathan Drake with his brother Sam in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. (Image by Naughty Dog)

You’ll have to wait a bit longer to play Nathan Drake’s final chapter in Uncharted 4.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End gets yet another delay as the PlayStation 4 exclusive will now release on May 10, two weeks after its previously scheduled date, Naughty Dog announced on Tuesday.

A Thief’s End will also now have a worldwide release on its new launch date. The reason for this latest delay is to give more manufacturing time to produce enough retail copies for an improved global launch, according to Sony.

Originally Uncharted 4 was set to have different release dates for North America, Europe and other locations.

This is the game’s third official delay. First revealed at E3 2014, Uncharted 4’s original release date was supposed to be in 2015. Its launch was moved in March 2015 for a spring 2016 release, with an official date set for March 18 back in August. It was then delayed a second time last December into late April so Naughty Dog could finalize certain parts of the game.

Uncharted 4 has gone through major creative changes during its development. Amy Hennig, Naughty Dog’s former creative lead and head writer on the series, left the studio in March 2014 to work on a Star Wars game at Electronic Arts. Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley, the directors on The Last of Us (2013), were moved into leading the project as Hennig’s replacements.

That same month Justin Richmond, the director on the game and its predecessor Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (2011), also left Naughty Dog to be a producer at Riot Games, the League of Legends studio. After Hennig’s departure around eight months of development and story work were removed from Uncharted 4 and rewritten with significant changes.

Artwork from Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (2013) was found in the game’s most recent trailer released on Feb. 24. Naughty Dog apologized for the copied material and re-uploaded an updated trailer that used different artwork.

When Uncharted 4 releases in May, it will be over 4 1/2 years since Drake’s Deception launched in November 2011, which is much longer than the two years between all of the first three games.

Uncharted 4 will have another online multiplayer beta this weekend for a stress test on its servers. The beta starts this Friday and ends on Sunday night.

A Thief’s End is set to be the final installment for Nathan Drake’s adventures. The franchise started in November 2007 with Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune on the PlayStation 3. There will be two retail collector’s editions for Uncharted 4 and one exclusive digital release from the PlayStation Store.

Watch the game’s latest story trailer:

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