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Ambitious Ending is to Blame for Uncharted 4 Delay, Explains Naughty Dog

Uncharted 4, the last of Nathan Drake’s Adventures, was expected to hit stores this holiday season. However, a few months ago Naughty Dog decided to delay the title, saying Uncharted 4 needed more attention to detail; especially when it comes to storytelling and pacing of the game.

As I mentioned, this is the last time Nathan Drake will appear as the lead in Uncharted, so obviously, a proper end is required for Drake. Simply put, Nathan Drake should go out with a bang!

The end was exactly reason why ND delayed the game, the studio wanted to work a bit more on UC4’s final moments. In an interview, Naughty Dog said that the ending was too ambitious to be completed in time for its holiday 2015 release.

It was a very hard decision. The Last Of Us was the first game we ever delayed – by a month – and we felt so guilty and so horrible having to do that, and yet shipping a game that wasn’t up to our vision would have felt worse

Much of the development and figuring things out happens as we go. There were certain sequences where we were like ‘Okay, this is a pretty ambitious sequence, we will probably have to cut this…’

Even when I’m describing the ending, it’s a pretty… Well, I guess this is a little bit of a spoil… Nah, I’m not going to say it! But there is something that happens that requires quite a bit of work for what we want it to do, and again we would have had to reduce that scope and reduce that ambition to meet that [original] deadline.

We were weighing those choices between fans and their expectations. It was going to disappoint them to push this thing back, but this is the last chapter for Nathan Drake, so let’s give ourselves as much time as possible and go all-out for this series.

Big projects are always ambitious and developers do need time to make things work, that can only happen if the publisher supports the development team and their decisions. As we have seen in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, cutting down key parts of a projects only ruins a spectacular game, and that is not acceptable in any way.

Uncharted 4 will released in Spring 2016 for PlayStation 4.