Uncharted 4's street date has been broken in the UK, two weeks ahead of its official release. The game isn't officially due to go on sale until May 10.
Reports of the game's street date being broken first emerged overnight after customers claimed to have received dispatch emails from Amazon. Separate reports on PCGames.de and ThisGenGaming.com suggest that copies may have already been dispatched to some customers from Amazon Germany and Amazon US, with in-hand copies also appearing on eBay.
VideoGamer.com has since spoken to an individual known as Shabz, however, who purchased the game from a CEX store in the UK yesterday, more than two weeks ahead of release. An image of the receipt showing the transaction can be seen below.
"I went in to CEX... to actually buy myself a camera lens," Shabz told us, "and when I went to the counter to purchase the lens I saw behind the shop assistant that there was Uncharted 4 so as a try I said can I also get a copy of Uncharted 4, he just picked it up and rang it through the till. The game cost £55."
Shabz tells us that he's already played the game's first two chapters, and that the single-player campaign "is so far running fine". "May have a few frame drops but not so noticeable," he said, adding that "at heavy firefight it wasn't too bad with framerates".
Multiplayer isn't yet playable, however, he added, with the option currently "greyed out" on the main menu. Trophies aren't yet synching to Sony's servers either, nor is the trophy list currently visible in the trophies menu. The DLC code included with the Day One Edition, which includes bonus multiplayer DLC, doesn't yet work either, Shabz says.
Uncharted 4 had previously been due to go on sale in the US today, April 26, but was pushed back to May 10 "to allow for extra manufacturing time" and "ensure that all gamers worldwide have the opportunity to play the game on day one".
VideoGamer.com has contacted SCEE and CEX for comment.
UPDATE - 27/4, 09:20: A second UK gamer has told VideoGamer.com that they too have managed to purchase a copy of Uncharted 4 two weeks ahead of release.
Alex James paid £90 to purchase an early copy from eBay, and received the game last night.
"It [was] worth it," Alex told us. "I already have the digital version preordered though, so will probably sell it on after I finish it to recoup some of the cost."
UPDATE 2 - 27/12, 12:22: Sony has said that copies of Uncharted 4 were stolen during a "violent assault", and that it has not yet shipped any copies to retail.
"Any suggestion that UK retailers have broken the official street date is not correct," the publisher added. The game's release date is still set for May 10.