Naughty Dog has now confirmed the earlier reports of The Last of Us: Part II being delayed, BUT have given a new release date to mark down.
[Editor’s Update: The developers have recently posted an update on their website, confirming this morning’s report about a delay. Thankfully, however, they won’t keep fans dangling, and have already provided a new date. The Last of Us: Part II will now launch on May 29, 2020.
The original report follows below.]
Last month, Sony hosted another of their video game update videos, State of Play. A lot of hype and fanfare swirled around this State of Play, as Naughty Dog and Neil Druckmann, creative director of The Last of Us series, teased the official release date of the highly anticipated sequel, The Last of Us Part II.
When the State of Play aired, Naughty Dog and Druckmann stayed true to their word by unveiling yet another fantastic trailer that included the February 21, 2020 release date. However, it doesn’t appear that The Last of Us Part II will indeed be releasing, as expected.
According to Jason Schreier of Kotaku, a reliable insider, sources close to the project have informed him that The Last of Us Part II is expected to be delayed to Spring 2020. A formal announcement is expected to be made this week.
The report doesn’t explain why, but it could be the normal polish that some studios deem necessary before release, which was the case with Bethesda pushing DOOM Eternal to March of next year. Regardless of why, the move does consequently pit them against other top tier games like the aforementioned DOOM Eternal, March’s Final Fantasy VII Remake, April’s Cyberpunk 2077, to name a few.
Somewhere in that hefty lineup of games will be The Last of Us Part II, and will no doubt be one of many must-own, must-play games of 2020. As soon as the updated release date is confirmed, we’ll have it here on Cinelinx.