Naughty Dog has confirmed via the Playstation Blog that The Last of Us Part II has been delayed until May 29, 2020. Despite having a full launch blowout just a month ago, the developers have revealed they need more time to complete the sequel. Neil Druckman, Creative Director at Naughty Dog had this to say on the reasons for the delay:
During the last few weeks, as we were closing out sections of the game, we realised 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 there’s always a tinge of sadness when a highly anticipated game is delayed, the reasons here are all the right ones. And we’ll all appreciate the game more with all its polish come May. Furthermore, reducing the stress on the development team to manageable levels should always be a priority.
To tide you over until then, check out the trailer from last month below:
The Last of Us Part II will be coming to PS4 on May 29, 2020