Naughty Dog has sent out the unfortunate news that The Last Of Us Part II is delayed until May 29th, 2020. Originally slated for a February 21st, 2020 release the game has been pushed back due to not being up to the standards expected from its developer.
A decision with two options, Neil Druckmann, The Last Of Us Part II’s director has described the full extent of the choice to move the game’s release date 3 months onwards in this blog post on the PlayStation website.
Despite only giving us the good news that the game would release in February, just a month ago, Naughty Dog took the decision to delay the game’s launch during the last few weeks as they realized there just wasn’t enough time to polish the game to a high-quality standard. At this stage two options were produced, they could either compromise parts of the game or delay its release for more time to work on it.
”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 Druckmann
Whilst the delay of a huge game is always disappointing it’s easy to see why Naughty Dog has taken this decision. Out of the two choices it had this is the best decision by far as it means none of the game gets cut or compromised before the final release.