Naughty Dog’s creative director and the Uncharted 4’s game programmer Neil Druckmann has explained why the game was delayed till March 2016 from a holiday 2015 release date in an interview in the Official PlayStation Magazine. He said in this month’s OPM:
It was a very hard decision, the Last Of Us was the first game we ever delayed – by a month – and we felt so guilty and so horrible having to do that, and yet shipping a game that wasn’t up to our vision would have felt worse. Much of the development and figuring things out happens as we go. There were certain sequences where we were like ‘Okay, this is a pretty ambitious sequence, we will probably have to cut this…’
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will release on March 18, 2016 exclusively for PlayStation 4.