The Last of Us Part II delayed indefinitely due to the global pandemic

Author

SAMRIDDHA SAHA (Gl1tch_mast3r)

Date

Apr, 03.2020

The Last of Us Part 2 is a direct continuation of the first The Last of Us. Its story takes place five years after the events of its predecessor. The player controls the steps of Ellie, the heroine of the original game, who is now older. The adventure takes place 25 years after the beginning of the epidemic that devastated humanity and created survival groups.

Sony has confirmed on a tweet that the highly anticipated PS4 exclusive, The Last of Us 2 which was supposed to release on May 29 is now delayed until further notice.  The game was only a month away from its release date and apparently the game is almost complete at this point, however the current pandemic creates logistical problems that would prevent everyone from playing The Last of Us Part II at the same time around the world. Jason Schreier of Kotaku stated the primary reason for the delay is simply down to printing, shipping and selling physical games in the current climate.

“Logistically, the global crisis is preventing us from providing the experience that our players deserve,” says the statement. Marvel’s Iron Man VR, Marvel’s superhero game for PlayStation VR, also doesn’t arrive in the planned period.

Naughty Dog also released a statement on Twitter about the delay, which you can read in full below:

As you've likely just seen, the release of The last of Us Part II has been delayed. We're sure this news is just as disappointing to you as it is to us. We wanted to reach out to all of you in our community to give you a little more information.
The good news is, we're nearly done with development of The Last of Us Part II. We are in the midst of fixing our final bugs.
However, even with us finishing the game, we were faced with the reality that due to logistics beyond our control, we couldn't launch The Last of Us Part II to our satisfaction. We want to make sure everyone gets to play The last of Us Part II around the same time, ensuring that we're doing everything possible to preserve the best experience for everyone. This meant delaying the game until such a time where we can solve these logistic issues.
We were bummed about this decision but ultimately understood what's best and fair to all of our players. We're hoping that this won't be a long delay, and we'll update you as soon as we have new information to share.
We wish you all, your families, and your friends the best of health. Thank you for being amazing fans and your continued support.
Stay safe!