Various reports have broken that copies of Uncharted 4 have been sold in store across the world ahead of its planned release date. Certain suggestions have been made that claim stolen deliveries are the cause of the leak.
As reported by Videogamer and MCV, copies of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End have been sold to customers two weeks before its planned release date on May 10, 2016. Reports have suggested that copies of the action platformer have sold in the United Kingdom, United States and Germany.
Videogamer’s account claimed that customers have received confirmation of dispatch emails from Amazon’s UK, US and German sites, as well as many copies appearing on Ebay. They also cited the case of one gamer in the UK who purchased a copy of Uncharted 4 from high street retailer CEX. With their article they included an image of the receipt from said purchase.
Uncharted 4’s early players reported that the game runs ‘fine’ with some infrequent framerate drops. The multiplayer mode is currently unavailable, as are trophies and the day one DLC content.
The reports of stolen copies of Uncharted 4 hitting the shelves already have been confirmed by official Playstation sources. Sony Studios’ president Shuhei Yoshida wrote a post on the Playstation Blog in which he stated that Sony is working with police to get to the bottom of the matter.
In the press release, he said that a number of copies of Uncharted 4 were stolen ‘in transit’, presumably while the games were being transported to retailers. He also said that an ‘ongoing criminal investigation’ was examining the sale of the game in the UK.
Shuhei Yoshida said that Uncharted 4 is well worth the wait for its release, based on the experience he has had playing the final adventure of Nathan Drake. He said that the ‘unfolding story is such an integral part of the [Naughty Dog] experience’, and that gamers should be wary of spoilers leaked by those who have early access to the game.
Finally, he praised the ‘extremely talented team’ behind Uncharted and urged the gaming community not to spoil the release of the final outing of the story. He also said that Sony will remain vigilant in preventing further early leaks.Tags: Shuhei Yoshida, Sony, Uncharted 4