The release dates just keep coming. And the first half of next year is getting crowded. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is coming to PlayStation 4 on March 18th, 2016. Spring is becoming the new holiday release window for many publishers. And I love it. There’s already way too many great games to play. Let’s at least space them out a bit more.

Sony announced the release date along with two limited edition versions of the game. Head on over to the PlayStation blog post to read about all the various extras you’ll get. Me? Just give me the damn game. Oh, and that steelbook. I know it says the artwork isn’t final, but that looks great already.

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End steelbook

Why I’m Pumped for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Instead of talking about all the random stuff you get for pre-ordering, let’s focus on the game.

It looks fantastic

Naughty Dog. That’s all I need to hear to know Uncharted 4 will look incredible. And it does. Naughty Dog has proven time and again they are one of the best console-exclusive developers out there. Every game they release ups the ante for every other developer out there.

This gameplay chase sequence looks phenomenal.

Uncharted 4 will run at 1080p, 30 FPS for single-player. Multiplayer will also be 1080p, and Naughty Dog is targeting 60 FPS.

It’s the final chapter

All good things must come to an end. Members of the Naughty Dog team refer to Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End as Nathan Drake’s final chapter.

Lead Designer Kurt Margenau told GameSpot during E3 had this to say about the game’s story. “[Druckmann and Bruce Straley], our directors, they have a vision [for Uncharted 4],” Margenau said. “We are fulfilling that vision and it’s going to be awesome. It’s Nathan Drake’s final chapter, so I think fans are going to be happy.”

These remarks came after co-director Neil Druckmann said the upcoming Uncharted game is “bringing closure to a very long journey.”

What about the story? Uncharted 4 takes place three years after the events of Uncharted 3. Drake’s is settling in for a quieter life with Elena, his wife. This easy life gets upended when Sam, his older brother who he thought was dead, shows back up. Along with his buddy, Sully, Drake and company begin a global trek to find a fabled pirate treasure.

I’m not sure I buy this being the last we hear of Nathan Drake. But if it is, here’s hoping Uncharted 4 is the best one yet.

If you need a refresher on the Uncharted series, check out Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection. Coming October 9, it also comes with Photo Mode and access to the Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End multiplayer beta.

I do tire of all the remasters, but you can’t argue with how good that 60 FPS footage looks.

When I’m not playing Rocket League (best game ever), you can find me writing about all things games, space and more. You can reach me at alex@newsledge.com

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