Naughty Dog have released an official statement announcing The Last Of Us 2 will be delayed. Originally scheduled for February 21, the release has been pushed back to May 29 2020. The highly anticipated sequel was announced at Playstation’s State Of Play last month. The sequel to the critically acclaimed hit was first announced in December 2016.
The statement was written by game director Neil Druckmann, who said, “To our fans, let me cut to the chase and get the news out of the way. The Last of Us Part II has a new release date of 29th May, 2020.”
At another point, Neil said. “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.”
The Last of Us Part II has a new release date. Here’s a letter to our fans.
Apologies for the delay. Please know we’re working very hard to make it worthwhile. https://t.co/iJyhXpuUoa
— Neil Druckmann (@Neil_Druckmann) October 24, 2019
“We hate disappointing our fans and for that we’re sorry.”
Neil signed off the statement with, “We know the extra few months will add to what may already be an excruciating wait for all of us. We are grateful for your patience and continued support. Come next May, you will finally rejoin Ellie in The Last Of Us Part II.”
Sony have declined to comment, according to Kotaku. As a direct result of the delay, it is highly likely that Ghost of Tsushima will also see its release date shifted back to accommodate Naughty Dog, according to a tweet by Jason Schreier. Ghost of Tsushima has yet to receive a release date.
The postponement of TLOU 2 is not the only title to suffer a setback. Ubisoft confirmed three titles would be delayed , Gods and Monsters, Rainbow Six Quarantine, and Watch Dogs Legion.
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