Sony has today announced that The Last of Us II has been indefinitely delayed, according to Naughty Dog’s official statement, due to logistics issues, the studio cannot finish the development of the game.
Naughty Dog said that until they can overcome that logistic issue, the game won’t release. The fact is that the studio is affected by the current state of the world, Coronavirus has forced employers to send their workers on quarantine.
Update: SIE has made the difficult decision to delay the launch of The Last of Us Part II and Marvel's Iron Man VR until further notice. Logistically, the global crisis is preventing us from providing the launch experience our players deserve.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) April 2, 2020
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 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 when we can solve these logistics issues.
We were bummed about this decision but ultimately understood it’s 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.
News outlet Kotaku reached Naugthy Dog for more information, according to Jason Schrier, the studio said the decision needed to be made by economic reasons.
The Last of Us Part II , is set five years after the events of 2013’s The Last of Us. Players control a 19-year old Ellie, who comes into conflict with a mysterious cult in a post-apocalyptic United States. The game was first announced at a PlayStation Experience event in December 2016, The Last of Us Part II was scheduled for release on May 29, 2020 for the PlayStation 4.