Multiple copies of Uncharted 4 have been stolen while in transit, Sony announced today. Shuhei Yoshida, the president of SCE Worldwide Studios, sent out a personal message with the news, and though he did not mention in which country the theft occurred, he noted that copies have made their way to the United Kingdom.
Shuhei later goes on to say how much the game is worth the wait and how hard Naughty Dog has worked on Uncharted 4. He then warns players about potential leaks, a few of which have already appeared online. The post doesn’t mention how many copies were stolen, but does confirm Sony is working with the police on the matter.
You can read Shuhei’s full message below:
We have some unfortunate news to report that a number of copies of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End were stolen while in transit. While we are continuing to work with the police to resolve the matter — which is the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation — it appears that a few copies of the game have surfaced in the UK.
We know that very many of you have been looking forward with great anticipation and excitement to the latest masterpiece from Naughty Dog. From what I have played of Nathan Drake’s latest adventure, I can tell you that it is very much worth the wait. As with most Naughty Dog games, the unfolding story is such an integral part of the experience and for this reason we wanted to warn you to beware of the potential for spoilers to be posted by people with access to stolen copies of the game.
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 spoiled by purchasing copies of the game ahead of the launch date. Please rest assured we will be very vigilant to protect you from this as far as we can so you can enjoy Uncharted 4’s experience to its fullest on May 10.
As of this article, Naughty Dog has not released a statement regarding the stolen copies. It should be noted that the game doesn’t release until May 10, and this is happening nearly a full two weeks before then.