The Last of Us Part II release date delayed

There recently were rumours that a major AAA title would be getting delayed, and it seems like the rumours have finally been confirmed. Today, Neil Druckmann – Naughty Dog’s creative director – announced on the official PlayStation Blog that The Last of Us Part II will be receiving a new release date. Instead of February 21, The Last of Us Part II is now set to release on May 29, 2020.

The changed release date comes as a surprise to most, as it has been merely a month since Naughty Dog announced the game’s initial release date, along with the huge media event that gave the press the opportunity to experience two hours worth of gameplay. The radio silence concering Part II on Naughty Dog’s side had always been a deliberate move, since the studio wanted to avoid having to delay the game like they did with its predecessor (The Last of Us missed its original May 2013 date and was pushed back a month).

Development of Part II is currently nearing its polishing stage, which Naughty Dog believe would suffer under the original release date. Druckmann wrote:

At this point we were faced with two options: compromise parts of the game or get more time. We went with the latter, and this new release date allows us to finish everything to our level of satisfaction while also reducing stress on the team.

Fans will have to wait a little longer, but the end result will undoubtedly be worth it. In the meantime, fans of the franchise can still experience Joel and Ellie’s journey in The Last of Us: Remastered, which is this month’s PS Plus Game, and dive into the beloved Factions multiplayer mode.

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