Earlier this week, it was reported that copies of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End had begun to appear in the wild two weeks before the official release.
What with certain customers in the UK sharing that they already had their hands on copies of the game, courtesy of places like CeX and eBay, we were all kind of wondering what the hell was going on.
Now, a Sony representative has confirmed to MCV that the game discs were stolen in transit, as part of a “violent assault”.
The rep said:
We can confirm that unfortunately some contents from a lorry transporting a variety of video game and DVD titles, including a quantity of the much anticipated Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, was stolen in the UK, during a violent assault.
It’s not clear if anyone was hurt during the theft, or exactly how many copies the thieves made off with. Sony added that they’re aiding the police in their investigations as best they can.
Sony also made it clear that they’ve yet to ship any copies of Uncharted 4 UK retailers, and that the idea of some stores breaking the street date is not correct.
Meanwhile, PlayStation Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida has warned fans of potential spoilers. There are bound to be some twists and turns in Naughty Dog’s final Uncharted game, after all.
He wrote in a blog post:
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 not purchasing copies of the game ahead of the launch date.
After multiple delays and years in development, Uncharted 4 will officially launch for PlayStation 4 on May 10.
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.