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The Last Of Us Part 2 delayed ‘until further notice’ on PS4


The Last Of Us Part 2 – not out next month (pic: Sony)

Sony has confirmed that The Last Of Us Part 2 will not be out next month, but Naughty Dog is hopeful it’ll be out relatively soon after.

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before, but The Last Of Us Part 2 has been delayed. Although this time it’s for a sadly predictable reason: the coronavirus pandemic.

The Last Of Us Part 2 had originally been due out on 21 February, but was delayed until 29 May. But now it won’t make that date either and is no longer even confirmed for 2020.

The news was first announced in a brief tweet from Sony in which they said the game, and Marvel’s Iron Man VR (which has also been delayed once before), would be delayed ‘until further notice’.

Naughty Dog then followed this up with a longer statement, in which they assured fans that they were nearly done with development of the game and that they are currently fixing ‘final bugs’.

‘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 2 to our satisfaction’, reads the statement.

‘We want to make sure everyone gets to play… 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.’

As vague as that sounds it seems to be essentially the same problem Square Enix has had with Final Fantasy 7 Remake, where they can’t guarantee when people will get physical copies of the game.

In that instance they chose to launch it before the release date, but evidently Sony and Naughty Dog have chosen not to do that.

‘We were bummed about this decision but ultimately it’s what’s best and fair to all of our players,’ added Naughty Dog. ‘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.’

That sounds like they’ll try and release the game after the coronavirus has reached its peak worldwide, which is hoped to be around late June or July.

In theory that means it should be out well before the launch of the PlayStation 5, although Sony has never made any comment on whether there will be a separate PlayStation 5 specific version.

But then only last week Sony insisted that they expected no delay for the console and were merely ‘monitoring the risk of delays’ for games, so clearly the situation is very fluid.

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