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The Last of Us: Part II Delayed to May 2020

By on Oct 24, 2019 at 9:09 am. Filed in News under The Last of Us: Part II.

After initial reports by Kotaku, Sony and Naughty Dog have now confirmed that The Last of Us: Part II will be pushed back to a May 29, 2020, release date.

Earlier this morning, Kotaku reported that sources told it that The Last of Us: Part II would be delayed from its February 2020 release date. Now, Sony and Naughty Dog have confirmed. The Last of Us: Part II’s new release date is May 29, 2020.

In a statement posted by Neil Druckmann, the game’s director,  he eluded to the need for further polishing being the main reason for the delay.

However, it was during the last few weeks, as we were closing out sections of the game, that we realized we simply didn’t have enough time to bring the entire game up to a level of polish we would call Naughty Dog quality. 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.

While we’re relieved that we won’t have to compromise our vision, we’re disappointed that we weren’t able to avoid this exact situation. We wish we could’ve foreseen the amount of polish we needed, but the size and scope of this game got the better of us. We hate disappointing our fans and for that we’re sorry.

We’re absolutely in favor of giving The Last of Us: Part II the additional time it requires to ensure the highest quality we all expect. I’m glad to see that Sony and Naughty Dog aren’t afraid of pushing back timelines to ensure this happens. Perhaps this is why Sony exclusives, and Naughty Dog’s titles in particular, tend to be such critical successes.

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Jan Ole Peek
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Jan has been playing video games for nearly 30 years and been a passionate geek for the better part of his life. He's grown to become rather cranky, however, and tends to point out the things that annoy him in games more than the things he loves.

The Last of Us: Part II (2020)
PlayStation 4

Set 5 years after the events of The Last of Us, Joel and Ellie return on their journey through the ruined cities of America, their path ahead of them will be unfold.

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