The Last of Us Part II delayed until May 2020

The Last of Us Part II delayed until May 2020

The sequel to The Last of Us – one of the most critically acclaimed titles in PlayStation history – has been delayed until May 2020.

Naughty Dog, the developer behind the hit game, has officially confirmed the hold-up. It was originally scheduled to hit the shelves on February 21, 2020.

The news has caused quite the stir in the gaming community, particularly when the developer had been so tight-lipped with details surrounding the highly-anticipated follow-up.

It was only a month ago that it began letting media play more than two hours of the title, debuting the latest trailer and providing the original release date.

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

He explained the current stage of development faced two options – either compromise parts of the title or spend longer ironing out the final issues.

“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,” Druckmann added.

“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 disappointed our fans and for that we’re sorry.”

The new release date for The Last of Us Part II is now set for May 29, 2020.

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