European gamers are used to getting jerked around when it comes to high-profile releases, although lately, the concept of the worldwide simultaneous launch has really entrenched itself in this new generation.
We wish we could say that Uncharted 2: Among Thieves will hit store shelves on the same day in both North America and Europe, but it appears this won't happen. In fact, despite what you may have heard, Naughty Dog hasn't actually announced an official release date for this guaranteed "AAA" PlayStation 3 exclusive. Right around the time we heard that Uncharted 2 would be available on October 13 in the U.S., we also heard an unofficial statement that it would launch in Europe ten days later on October 23. Most people just accepted this – it certainly sounded plausible – but Naughty Dog has disabused us of this pleasant notion. According to a recent Tweet by Naughty Dog co-president Christophe Balestra, there has been an unfortunate clarification:
"The European Uncharted 2 release date is NOT Oct-23, it will be announced soon."
Bah. Well, there's just no telling when Among Thieves will hit European shores, but for the sake of all our gaming pals across the pond, we hope it's not long after the North American release date. For the record, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune launched on November 20, 2007, while Europe got it a few weeks later on December 7. We expect the gap to be similar for the sequel, but without the official word, we can only speculate for now.
Related Game(s): Uncharted 2: Among Thieves