Another Delay for Uncharted 4?

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Another Delay for Uncharted 4?

Game delays are rough on just about every gamer. The anticipation to play that special new title builds, approaching its inevitable conclusion...and then suddenly the whole process has to start over again for any of a hundred different reasons. It may be what Todd Howard had in mind a few months back, but this time, it's hitting a game Sony fans have been dying for a crack at.

This time, it's Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, and that's got to hit hard as the game has already been delayed twice. From March 2016, to April 2016, the game is now expected for launch on May 10. What cued the demand this time around? Word from Shawn Layden--CEO and president of Sony Computer Entertainment America--says that it's a function of "considerable worldwide demand", along with the desire to "...ensure that all gamers worldwide have the opportunity to play the game on day one". Naturally, Layden followed that up by noting that the game is "phenomenal", and that the wait will be worthwhile, accordingly.

Plus, there's a bit of a consolation prize for the gamers, as the company's planning an open beta stress test to see how well the multiplayer holds out. That's not a bad treat for the players, and the word from the players seems to be that the delay is all right, if it makes for a better game. Though more than a few seem upset that this is yet another delay in a string of them.

An event like this never fails to remind me of Todd Howard, who waited until about five months before release to actually announce the game. While most of us wanted to see a little more out of Bethesda talking up Fallout 4 than we actually got, it was great to go from announce to release so quick, and so accurately. Admittedly, the hype train had built up to staggering levels by that point, and a delay might well have sparked riots. Well, maybe not that far, but it would have damaged the brand pretty heavily to delay Fallout 4's release. Not that there was a need for it--it came out as expected--and even Howard noted that maybe the industry's announcing just a little too soon for anyone's good. Sure, there's a rush to announce and build hype, especially with the calendar focused on E3, but Howard might have the right of it and Uncharted 4 may be the proof.

Still, at least it's coming soon, and it's not like there aren't plenty of other games on hand to enjoy as it is. Not to mention all the games that will be coming out between now and May 10.

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