A blog post on the official PlayStation website today revealed the release date for The Last of Us Part II has changed to May of 2020.
In September, the latest trailer for The Last of Us Part II was featured in the State of Play presentation concerning upcoming PlayStation games, where the official release date was set for February 21, 2020. Today, October 24 2019, director Neil Druckman announced that date has changed, with production pushed back by three months.
“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,” reads Druckman’s post. “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.”
Druckman goes on to explain that the development team realized they didn’t have as much time as they would like to bring the game up to what they considered Naughty Dog quality. Rather than compromise parts of the game, the team opted to delay The Last of Us Part II‘s release date, allowing them to give players the game experience they deserve.
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. First announced at a PlayStation Experience event in December 2016, The Last of Us Part II is now scheduled for release on May 29, 2020 for the PlayStation 4.
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