About a month ago Sony held a huge event for media all over the globe, allowing them to go hands-on for roughly two hours with the hugely anticipated The Last of Us Part II from Naughty Dog. Alongside this event Sony held another of its State of Play showcases, where one of the worst kept secrets was confirmed, The Last of Us Part II would be releasing on February 21, 2020.
Now, a month later, The Last of Us Part II has a new release date: May 29, 2020.
Neil Druckman, the game’s director, confirmed the delay in a PlayStation blog post where he explained the reasons for the delay.
It 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.
While it’s disappointing that we have to wait a longer for the next phase in Ellie’s journey, at least we know it’s going to be quality.