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Shipment of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has been stolen

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has a worldwide release date of May 10, but that launch day has well and truly been broken. Not by stores shipping pre-orders early, but because a real-life thief has stolen a shipment of the game and is selling copies to used game stores.

The theft happened in the UK with copies of the game being stolen while in transit. Shuhei Yoshida, President of Sony’s Worldwide Studio, has confirmed the theft happened in a post on the PlayStation.Blog. Sony is now working with the police to find the thief (or thieves), but is warning gamers there might be a few spoilers appearing on the Internet in the coming days as the stolen copies inevitably get played.

So far there have been two confirmed purchases of the game. Retailer CEX has received copies, which it bought and then resold. This may actually help the police find out who stole the game as CEX may have requested a photo ID be presented and the store may have camera footage of the sale taking place, which both help identify the potential thief.

Some gamers who pre-ordered Uncharted 4 have apparently received dispatch emails, meaning they will likely have the game to play this week. If that turns out to be the case, other retailers will follow and release the game early. Then it’s up to Sony to ensure however much stock was stolen gets replaced quickly to keep up with demand.

In the long run, this theft won’t impact sales very much, but I’m sure Sony is very interested to know how the thief knew where the games were to steal them. Or maybe they just got lucky? Whatever the case, it’s only fitting that when the thief is eventually caught, he meets a thief’s end, meaning a prosecution.

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