A lot of gamers have been looking forward to the sequel for The Last of Us since the PS4 released. However, you now have to wait longer. With The Last of Us: Part II now delayed to May 2020.

Director of The Last of Us: Part II confirmed this through an official PlayStation blog post and explained the reasoning.

To our fans,

Let me cut to the chase and get the news out of the way. The Last of Us Part II has a new release date of May 29, 2020.

I know. It was just about a month ago when we had our big blowout for the game, letting media play over two hours of it along with debuting our new story trailer and revealing the release date. The positive response we saw from our community was overwhelming. You can feel the energy among the team members. After working on something for so many years, it’s invigorating to get a glimpse of validation for all the hard work.

However, 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. We know the extra few months will add to what may already be an excruciating wait for all of us. We are grateful for your patience and continued support. Come next May, you will finally rejoin Ellie in The Last of Us Part II.

-Neil

Honestly, this is probably for the best. Already Final Fantasy VII: Remake and Cyberpunk 2077 is releasing during the time period. This will give gamers some breathing room. Also, a delayed game is better than a rushed one. Plus Naughty Dog has an incredible reputation for delivering outstanding titles. They have no Fallout 76 in their history.

The Last of Us: Part II launches on May 29th for PS4.

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