Naughty Dog is delaying their latest AAA title, The Last of Us Part II, just as the game is reportedly about finished aside from some last-minute polishing. A 29 May release date was expected, however, due to coronavirus complications, it has been delayed indefinitely.
A message from us about the delay of The Last of Us Part II: pic.twitter.com/aGsSRfmJ8a
— Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog) April 2, 2020
“Even with us finishing the game, we were faced with the reality that due to logistics beyond our control, we couldn’t launch The Last of Us Part II to our satisfaction,” Naughty Dog says in a statement on Twitter.
“We want to make sure everyone gets to play [it] around the same time, ensuring everything that we’re doing everything possible to preserve the best experience for everyone. This meant delaying the game until such a time where we can solve these logistic issues.”
The Last of Us Part II is one of Sony’s biggest titles for the PlayStation 4 and probably for the PlayStation 5, and is expected to sell millions of units – but as the game is delayed, it begs the question what Sony will do next. This isn’t the first time the virus has affected Sony’s plans either, as the company had to pull out of PAX East, where it was planning to give demo access to players.
“Extremely sad to deliver this news to y’all. Ultimately, the situation is out of our control. We hope you understand. Stay safe out there,” writes Neil Druckmann, the director behind the Last of Us series.
He also says that disappointed fans should look at this as another reason to take social distancing seriously.
With The Last of Us officially delayed, gamers are bracing themselves for further release dates pushed back for expected AAA titles like Cyberpunk 2077 and Final Fantasy VII Remake.
By Luis Monzon
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