Uncharted 4 Copies Show Up in the Wild Two Weeks Before Launch

Some retailers are reportedly selling the game early.

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It appears that retailers in the United Kingdom have broken the street date for highly anticipated PlayStation 4 game Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. Copies of the game have started to show up in the wild two weeks before its scheduled release on May 10, according to reports that emerged recently.

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VideoGamer.com spoke with a person who purchased A Thief's End from a CEX store this week, informing the site he intended to buy a camera lens, but noticed the game was on sale and picked up a copy. He says he's played the first two chapters of the campaign and the game is "running fine."

A Thief's End's multiplayer mode is not yet available, according to this person, while Trophies aren't synching and the full Tropy list is not available. Additionally, a Day One code for extra multiplayer DLC isn't working right now. None of this is surprising, given the game's release is still weeks away.

One possible explanation for why the retailer sold the game so early is that April 26 was A Thief's End's release date before the game was delayed to May 10. It could be that this delay was never updated in the store's release date database, though this is not confirmed.

Reports from PCGames.de and ThisGenGaming.com also claim that Amazon is sending out copies early, while pictures of more copies in the wild have emerged on Twitter.

Given that copies of A Thief's End are starting to show up, it's possible gameplay footage and story details will be posted online. If you're worried about spoilers, and it sounds like A Thief's End will have a dramatic ending given the subtitle, be careful out there.

In other news about A Thief's End, the game's final trailer has been posted. Additionally, developer Naughty Dog has joined Snapchat.

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CEX is a second hand goods chain; the only way they would have titles is if someone sold it to them. This means the copies they have came from individuals who may have access to the depot supplies. I would start checking warehouses for open inventory.

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Even though I'm not a big fan of Uncharted (post Among Thieves), this game will still at least hit its target. The audience has increased, The Last of Us and Uncharted remasters has caught the PS4 user-base attention to Naughty Dogs games. & this year we've had a lack of the mature adventure genre on the platform.

Will it be a best seller? Not likely. Despite what people think Uncharted and TLoU are not the best selling exclusives PlayStation has, or even close. However they are amongst the most critically acclaimed.

It'll do well, based on the assumption it follows in the past games footsteps, plus that lead-up with remasters.

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I doubt they have the balls to outright kill off Drake, so how dramatic can it be really?

Ultimately, this game is unnesessary, since UC2 can't be topped, which UC3 very well proved.

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It says on the receipt that this is a pre-release copy and doesn't CEX only sell traded in goods and games like a pawn shop? This means someone traded in a unopened copy of a pre-release version of Uncharted, they either didn't know what they had or stole it.

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@echoalphaecho: My local store sells new games, Blu-rays, and DVDs.

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I really hope everyone that cares about the game manages to avoid the spoilers.

Same thing will be happening to me in October -.-

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Begs the question, why the delay in the first place? They said they needed the extra time for more copies? WTF? But yet stores have them early enough to sell but they needed more production time, whatevs.

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@e3man01: If they would only sell to 1 store, then yes. But I'm guessing that just because one store (or even multiple stores) has it doesn't mean that the distribution process is completed...

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2 weeks? Those are hiphop album leak numbers

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@lenyora-sama: I actually remember a Bring Me the Horizon album leaking at least 2 or 3 months before it's final release. Pretty crazy stuff.

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I'm not surprised at all. It went gold weeks ago.

In convinced that the last delay was because of MP anyway.

I just hope any site that runs any story info puts a bloody big spoiler warning on it.

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It should definitely be the responsibility of the retailer to make sure that this kinda thing does not happen but at the same time, how many times was this game delayed? I'm not surprised that this happened.

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@the_bobster_10_: I'm thinking more like the retailer did this on purpose. I mean, it's a highly anticipated game and it'll translate to more $$$ for them if they can start selling the game before other retailers could. I dunno. I'm just not fully buying into the "delay was never updated in the store's release date database" explanation. It's not like this is the first time they ever sold a game.

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@nickes:

Not unless they want Sony to pull their license to sell their product(s). Breaking release date can/will lead to that and worse. It did with many other high profile releases.

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@solidsnake7882: Well, whether it was intentional or a stupid and easily avoidable mistake is now besides the point, the effect is just the same--they sold a game not yet intended to be sold and as such has functionalities (online and trophies) that have not yet been enabled. In a sense, an incomplete game. So I think ND can fairly respond just the same either way. Pretty sure people at ND, after their efforts in this, wouldn't appreciate the game coming out and functioning not in the way they intended it to be up to the smallest details.

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Two weeks is more than plenty of time to completely beat the game and for the accursed spoilers to come out. Oh Drake, please hold me in your arms and swift me away from these evil speaks!

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wow. i've never seen a game get leaked so early. everyone and their grandma wants to play uncharted 4 so i can't blame the retailers. this is a game that will make a mark on history. amazon, would you be so kind to send my copy early as well? :D

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@Xristophoros: There actually have been games that leaked months beforehand.

Hell, sometimes people get games so far ahead of time, they end up cancelled before launch.
Uncharted 4 is nowhere close to the "First to Leak/Ship Early" record.

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@Xristophoros: I've had some games arrives in the mail a couple days before launch day but yeah 2 weeks is pretty crazy :).

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@Xristophoros: make its mark on history? Lol...seriously if it hasn't happened already after 3 games it's not going to happen now. This series is no Super Mario, Halo, Gears of War, Final Fantasy, Zelda, God of War, GTA,Assassin's Creed...sorry bout it just a Tomb Raider knock off with a few unique qualities.

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@bentleyj10: Some would argue that Uncharted 2 is already considered a mark on gaming history. Did it do anything original? . . No.

But why would you even state that? With Gear of War heavily inspired by Resident Evil 4, and God of War ripping-off Devil May Cry.

And then Assassins Creed. Sands of Time trilogy called.

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@RSM-HQ: Are you saying Gears got inspired by RE4 just because of the over the shoulder camera? One small piece of a what Gears brought to the table the first time. The graphics, the cover system, the weapons, the multiplayer and simply how it played made it one of the most impressive games ever, the sales numbers say it all.

Ill give you God of War ripping off a good amount from Devil May Cry but God of War made more of an impression on the gaming community I think.

I can see the comparison of Assassins Creed and Prince of Persia somewhat but Assassins Creed did it better and different enough that it made a huge impact on gaming.

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@bentleyj10: The first Gears is also a mix of action and horror elements. That's three reasons making it as much in common as Uncharted was with the original Tomb Raiders.

Other than Assassins the rest I agree with, but I'm not stating any of these games being bad for the similarities, quite the opposite.

Sometimes being inspired isn't tracing paper, but rather a stepping stone. As a D00M fan you must understand this with it being Wolfenstein 3Ds successor and all.

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@bentleyj10: Isn't pretty much every game a knock off of something else that went before it? And are you seriously trying to suggest that Halo is any more original than Uncharted? Totally original games are very few and far between these days.

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@domiddian: Yes the original Halo and the Halo 3 definitely brought enough new to the table that they were considered masterpieces and in a league of there own.

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@bentleyj10: Nah, sorry. Much as I love Halo and the uiverse etc. they're nothing more than generic shooters. The 1st Halo is no more a revelation compared to the 1st Unreal game than Uncharted is to the original Tomb Raider. It took ideas from other shooters, there's no getting around that fact.

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@bentleyj10: Are you high? This game is one of only two reasons I bought a PS4, this and No Man Sky.

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@bentleyj10: riiiiiiight. careful you don't overdose now :D

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"We didn't know we weren't supposed to sell it because we professionally sell these items!"

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Sound to me not true fans of uncharted because 1 re selling game and another moaning online not in game let. Buy it just for single player.

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Those who get this early will probably turn into descendants. Or they'll probably try and eat the boxes in order to become 'invincible'.

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Nate sells all the treasure and lives like a pimp. The end.

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SPOILER ALERT: It's gonna get an 8 off Gamespot and a 9 everywhere else.

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@domiddian: Well it might deserve an 8, let's wait and see.

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@RSM-HQ: Yep, I'm not disputing that. It could get (and deserve) much less. I'm just saying whatever everyone else gives it, Gamespot will give it one point less. Because that's how they roll!

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@domiddian: Ok. The Witcher III says hi :P

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@RSM-HQ: No it doesn't because it's a game and games cannot initiate conversations with people.

But, that was a rare anomally in any case :-)

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@domiddian: More like Gamespot will give it 11/10 and everyone else an 8/10.

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@xcrimsonxsynx: Oh yes because they rated every other PS4 exclusive the same way, didn't they? Driveclub, The Order, Knack, Infamous etc. all got perfect scores because, OBVIOUSLY, Gamespot are biased towards Sony.

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@domiddian: going get 10 /10 must be Xbox fanboy .

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@playstationzone: If I was an Xbox fanboy, I would say it was going to get a 5 or 6. You must be a simpleton.

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@domiddian: A winner is you!

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@suicidesn0wman: What? Is my hair out? Have I been had??

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SPOILERS: Nate and Sully realise the treasure they were looking for all along was love. Love for each other. They kill everyone including a kameo from lara croft and then settle down to have little Nate and Sully babies somehow

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@Myron117: that would be the most amazing ending in game history.

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@Myron117: then after a 10 year time skip the youngins set out on their own adventure to find their father's killer!! Cue reboot,uncharted (2020)

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@Myron117: Bet they turn out like Brian and Stewies babies from Family Guy.

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