Creative Director Neil Druckmann and Game Director Bruce Straley had this to say about the delay:
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.
Initially set to release later this year (and taking Ewan’s Most Anticipated 2015 Game award) it seems the team over at Naughty Dog feel compelled to iron out every last kink and make Uncharted 4 the best game they possible can. Stay tuned for more details regarding Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and any details regarding its final release date.
Author’s Note. Its disappointing to see Uncharted 4 slip into 2016. I was hoping this would be the game to sell on me the PlayStation 4, which has seen its share of critical duds in Knack, Driveclub,and The Order: 1886, to say nothing of its huge Destiny gamble… But as the saying goes, “A delayed game is eventually good, a rushed game is bad forever.” I hope Mr. Miyamoto is right about this one.