In an unsurprising move, Sony has announced that it is delaying the release of tentpole title The Last of Us Part II, which was originally due out on May 29.
No new release date was provided, with Sony Interactive Entertainment tweeting only that “the global crisis is preventing us from providing the lunch experience our players deserve. Currently, there are no other delays to report, but we’ll keep you updated.”
The Last of Us Part II itself deals with the aftermath of a pandemic and global apocalypse, so releasing the game on schedule would’ve been largely responsible given the real world situation around the world.
We expect that the game will get a PlayStation five equivalent upgrade, and the title will be pushed to a date later this year, likely to coincide with the release of their new console. With the game all but finished already, this allows for about five months to get it buffed and polished, providing them with a massive launch title in the process.
Depending on what plays out in the real world will determine if enough time has passed for a release of the game to be appropriate.
The game’s developer, Naughty Dog, also released a statement about the delay on Twitter:
A message from us about the delay of The Last of Us Part II: pic.twitter.com/aGsSRfmJ8a
— Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog) April 2, 2020
When Sony announces an updated release date, we will be sure to let you know!