The Last of Us Part II, previously slated for a February 21st release date, has been delayed until May 29th 2020.
Developers Naughty Dog and Sony Interactive Entertainment made the announcement on Thursday, with game director Neil Druckmann stating that the project required more time to ensure it lived up to expectations.
“It was 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.”
“We hope you understand that this additional time ensures that The Last of Us Part II lives up to our collective ambition as well as our commitment to the highest level of quality.”
Whilst the vast majority of the community has supported the decision to push back The Last of Us Part II’s release date, the delay also came as something of a surprise to many as the game was announced way back in December 2016.
Part II is set five years after the events of the 2013 original and places Ellie as its chief protagonist. Players will guide Ellie through wildernesses both natural and man-made as she embarks on a revenge mission.
The Last of Us Part II releases exclusively for PlayStation 4 on 29th May 2020.