Monday 24 October 2016

Uncharted 4 copies stolen - beware of spoilers!

Daniel Anderson

Published 27/04/2016 | 10:02

Uncharted 4
Uncharted 4

Uncharted 4 A Thief's End was due to release in two weeks but thousands of copies may have been stolen in transit

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It's an awkward time for Uncharted 4. The blockbuster finale to the adventure series is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated games of the year but yesterday we heard that some retailers had shipped copies of it two weeks early.

Now we're getting a report that up to 10,000 units of the game have been stolen and that they're being sold off to customers. PlayStation President Shuhei Yoshida took to the official blog to get the news out to fans.

"We have some unfortunate news to report that a number of copies ofUncharted 4: A Thief’s End were stolen while in transit. While we are continuing to work with the police to resolve the matter – which is the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation – it appears that a few copies of the game have surfaced in the UK.

We know that very many of you have been looking forward with great anticipation and excitement to the latest masterpiece from Naughty Dog. From what I have played of Nathan Drake’s latest adventure, I can tell you that it is very much worth the wait. As with most Naughty Dog games, the unfolding story is such an integral part of the experience and for this reason we wanted to warn you to beware of the potential for spoilers to be posted by people with access to stolen copies of the game. An extremely talented team has worked long and hard to bring Nathan Drake’s greatest adventure to life and we would urge you to help us prevent this from being spoilt by purchasing copies of the game ahead of the launch date. Please rest assured we will be very vigilant to protect you from this as far as we can so you can enjoy Uncharted 4’s experience to its fullest on May 10th."

It's pretty bad timing because the single player element of the game is totally complete and there's no way to block players from accessing it, even from illegally obtained copies. That means all the secrets of the game will be available long before release, and for a title like Uncharted where story is so important that's quite a significant issue.

The only thing to do now is stay away from potential spoilers as much as you can while the actual release date creeps closer. Roll on May 10th!

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