Update: Neil Druckmann has taken to the PlayStation Blog to confirm the delay to The Last of Us: Part II. The game will now be launching on 29th May, 2020.
"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," Druckmann says. "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."
Update: ZhugeEX, the Twitter user in question who originally tweeted out that unexpected news was on its way for a Sony first-party title, has responded to the news by saying: "A little over 3 months from the original date." If taken literally, this means that The Last of Us: Part II could now launch in either late May or early June.
Original story: Speculation of unexpected news concerning a Sony first-party project has been doing the rounds across the PlayStation community for the past 24 hours, and unfortunately, it looks like it's going to be true. Kotaku reports that The Last of Us: Part II has been delayed from its original 21st February 2020 release date to a launch a few months later in the Spring.
Sources have been in contact with the ever-reliable Jason Schreier to confirm the delay. "The news isn’t official yet, and Sony didn’t respond to a request for comment yesterday, but Kotaku has heard from two people familiar with goings-on at Naughty Dog that the game is bumped to spring."
If proven to be true, which it more than likely will be, it's a very strange move on the behalf of Naughty Dog and Sony. The follow-up to Joel and Ellie's original PS3 adventure was subject to a State of Play unveiling late last month that showed off a brand new trailer and a confirmed launch date. To suddenly delay the title just a few weeks later doesn't make a whole lot of sense to us. What was the point of the livestream reveal in the first place?
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