Those who have eagerly been waiting for the release of follow-up to the critically-acclaimed The Last of Us will have to wait longer. Sony and the developer of the PS4's top-rated exclusive title, Naughty Dog, announced the unexpected delay of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, which was originally slated for late-2015 release.
In a Wednesday post on Sony's official PlayStation Blog, Naughty Dog director Neil Druckman said the next instalment of the "Uncharted" series will only be released in Spring of next year.
The latest news brings a lot of disappointment as the original release was perfectly timed for this year's holiday season. But the delay is mostly to enhance the gaming experience to match the high-standards expected by the team and gamers alike.
"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," Druckman said.
The delay in releasing the next chapter in Nathan Drake's saga may come as a blow to the console, as it is in a head-to-head fight with its rival Xbox One. By giving blockbuster exclusives, Sony has a better chance of keeping its dominance against steep discounts and price cuts on Xbox One. For PlayStation 4 owners, Uncharted 4 is an important title as it is the first of the series to launch on PS4.
The title looks promising and the graphics are extreme compared to the earlier instalments. Uncharted series has been an important key in the PlayStation's success over the years. The second and third iteration of the franchise sold nearly 10 million copies on release.
The last title in the series, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, was released in 2011 and the latest one comes three years later, featuring treasure hunter and prime hero Nathan Drake in pursuit of a lost pirate colony.
There's no exact release date yet, but more details are likely to be announced at E3 2015, scheduled for 16-18 June in Los Angeles.