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One of the most anticipated games for next year is the follow up to The Last of Us, and though everyone was expecting Part II to come out in February, Naughty Dog has made the hard decision to push back the game to May 2020.
Writing on the Playstation Blog, game director Neil Druckmann has announced that The Last of Us Part II is now set for a release on May 29, 2020. He writes:
“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 some fans may be bummed that the game has been delayed, I think it’s for the best. I would rather wait longer for a completed game then get something unfinished on time. Besides, after all the news of game companies abusing employees with “crunch culture”, it’s good that Naughty Dog has its workers’ wellbeing in mind when it comes to the making of this game.
Despite the delay, fans can actually play The Last of Us Remastered which is now being offered for free on the Playstation Network. It’s a game that came out in 2013, but it’s sure to keep everyone hyped until the release of the sequel.
Catch The Last of Us Part II when it comes out May 29, 2020.