Uncharted 4 & Star Fox Zero – Better Late Than Broken?

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By Jay Michael – 25th September 2015
Uncharted 4 & Star Fox Zero – Better Late Than Broken?

Neil Druckmann, a Co-director at Naughty Dog, has revealed that Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is delayed simply because the company want to get the games’ story right.

Speaking to Official PlayStation Magazine (via GamesRadar), Druckmann said:

“It was a very hard decision, 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 [initial] deadline.”

He continued to state that, while the move would obviously disappoint gamers, the wait would certainly pay off in the long run:

“[We knew] it was going to disappoint [people] 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.”

Nintendo’s Star Fox Zero has found itself in a similar situation, with that game, as stated below by producer Shigeru Miyamoto, delayed due to an apparent lack of quality:

“While we have already reached the stage where it would be technically possible to release the title in time for the year-end holiday season, we want to polish the game a bit more so that players will be able to more smoothly grasp the new style of play that we are proposing.”

Personally, I think it’s great that developer’s are starting to take this kind of stance. Of course it’s frustrating to see long-awaited titles pushed back but, with trustworthy company’s like Naughty Dog and Nintendo at least, this kind of honesty goes a long way. Nobody wants to see another Assassin’s Creed Unity, and it goes to show that certain developers care about what they’re putting out into the world.

A lot of people want to get their hands on Uncharted 4 and Star Fox, but why play them worse this year when you could have them better next year?


What do you think? Have Naughty Dog made the right decision with Uncharted 4? Will the ending really be worth the wait? And what about Star Fox? Are Nintendo really just polishing up or are there much bigger problems we’re not hearing about? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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  • Cy

    Of course a delay is preferable to a broken/unfinished game, I just wish publishers would wait until they have a release date they can meet before announcing their game/date. This “announce a game, wait several months, in 20XX, several more months, season in 20XX, one seasons away the game gets delayed” thing happens way too often these days. Fallout 4 had the perfect reveal. More publishers should do exactly what Bethesda did.

    • Jay Michael

      Absolutely correct, I suppose sometimes it can’t be helped, something might come up last minute which can’t be helped, but I agree completely, you should be pretty much 100% on your release date before you get everyone excited