The Last of Us Part 2 has been delayed until Friday 29th May 2020, developer Naughty Dog has announced.
The highly-anticipated PS4 exclusive was originally given a release date of Friday 21st February 2020 during last months State of Play livestream, but players will now have to wait an extra three months to get their hands on the game. Explaining the delay in a blog post earlier today, the games director Neil Druckmann said:
“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 Druckmann acknowledged that they “hate disappointing our fans” and offered his apologies that “the size and scope of this game got the better of us”, he also said that the developers are “relieved that we won’t have to compromise our vision”, and he hopes that players 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”.
It’s been a day of delays following the news that Ubisoft has also delayed Watch Dogs: Legion, Rainbow Six Quarantine, and Gods & Monsters until their fiscal year 2020-2021. It’s not very often that four AAA games get delayed on the same day.
The Last of Us Part 2 will now launch for PS4 on Friday 29th May 2020.