After a big presentation during Sony’s State of Play event last month, Naughty Dog is back in the news with a “The Last of Us Part II” delay. Neil Druckmann confirmed that “The Last of Us Part II” will not be ready to ship on February 21st, the game’s original launch date, and fans were told that the game is now shooting for a May 29th release date. The three month wait is a blow to fans who have been eagerly awaiting a follow-up to the original, which was released in 2013.
Druckman made the confirmation on the official PlayStation blog, telling fans, “Let me cut to the chase and get the news out of the way. The Last of Us Part II has a new release date of May 29, 2020.”
Sony pulled out all the stops for the game’s presentation during the State of Play event. The publisher released a story trailer, and let the press preview the game. The presentation was an instant hit with fans, and the trailer was seen by millions of excited fans. While the delay is less than ideal, players will be happier with a finished product, rather than a bug-filled launch title. You have to give Naughty Dog credit for taking the extra time to polish the game, instead of cutting out content, or launching with the bugs.
Druckman’s letter to fans concluded by saying, “We hope you understand that this additional time ensures that The Last of Us Part II lives up to our collective ambition as well as our commitment to the highest level of quality. We know the extra few months will add to what may already be an excruciating wait for all of us. We are grateful for your patience and continued support. Come next May, you will finally rejoin Ellie in The Last of Us Part II.”
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