Sony and Naughty Dog announced today that The Last of Us: Part II and Marvel’s Iron Man VR are both delayed until further notice.
Update: SIE has made the difficult decision to delay the launch of The Last of Us Part II and Marvel's Iron Man VR until further notice. Logistically, the global crisis is preventing us from providing the launch experience our players deserve.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) April 2, 2020
In a statement posted to Twitter, Naughty Dog said that The Last of Us: Part II is nearly done with development, but that logistical issues in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic have forced their hand in making the decision to delay the game until further notice.
You can read the full statement below:
As you’ve likely just seen, the release of The last of Us Part II has been delayed. We’re sure this news is just as disappointing to you as it is to us. We wanted to reach out to all of you in our community to give you a little more information.
The good news is, we’re nearly done with development of The Last of Us Part II. We are in the midst of fixing our final bugs.
However, 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. We want to make sure everyone gets to play The last of Us Part II around the same time, ensuring 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.
We were bummed about this decision but ultimately understood what’s best and fair to all of our players. We’re hoping that this won’t be a long delay, and we’ll update you as soon as we have new information to share.
We wish you all, your families, and your friends the best of health. Thank you for being amazing fans and your continued support.
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
The global pandemic has forced the halt and delay of production on various other film and game franchises, the cancelation of large, annual events like E3 2020 and (most recently) Quakecon and more, so this delay isn’t particularly surprising.
Earlier this week, Sony set 2021 release dates for nearly all of their upcoming films, including Ghostbusters and Uncharted.