Just days before Uncharted 4 will be releasing worldwide, an unfortunate event happened, as several copies of the Uncharted 4 games were stolen while in transit, which as a result lead to some games being sold online. The official PlayStation blog has the report on the stolen copies.
Some Uncharted 4 games that were stolen were found being sold at eBay while some were now in the hands of gamers in the United Kingdom, which lead some to speculate that some retail stores in the UK were breaking the original street date release.
Though Sony did not disclose how many copies were stolen, according to Eurogamer, an eBay seller claims that there were 10,000 copies being seized by the HM Revenue & Customs in the UK for unpaid taxes. It was also then claimed that the HMRC is now selling the copies. According to reports, the selling price for Uncharted 4 went up to US$131 (or $171) on eBay.
Sony president, Shuhei Yoshida made a statement via the official PlayStation blog regarding the stolen copies. He explained the situation of the stolen copies and Sony has already coordinated with the police for a criminal investigation, so far no details on any updates on the investigation.
Yoshida also reminded fans to be extra vigilant in checking Uncharted 4 online, and to warn them as some players who might be able to acquire the stolen copies will then post spoilers of the game. Here is Yoshida’s message to the fans:
“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 spoilt 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 10th.”
Uncharted 4 will be an exclusive PlayStation 4 game and will be available on May 10.