If you have been watching social media and the gaming scene over the past week, you would know that a few copies of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End were leaked before its expected 10 May release date. After investigating the leak, it seems that Sony found just was caused this, and it turns out that it was a stolen shipment of the game.

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Sony revealed this in an official statement where the company noted that although the game was leaked, it will have no impact on the final release date in the coming weeks.

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 not 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.

No one but Sony really knows just how many copies were stolen and are out there in the wild. According to Eurogamer, the person selling these stolen copies had over 10,000 copies seized after failing to pay VAT.

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