The Last of Us Part II will now release at the end of May next year, it was announced today on the official PlayStation blog. Exactly a month after a new trailer was released — to cap off Sony’s latest State of Play broadcast — that indicated the game would be available on February 21, the news came by way of the game’s Director, Neil Druckmann: “Let me cut to the chase and get the news out of the way. The Last of Us Part II has a new release date of May 29, 2020.
“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.” It’s been almost three years since the game was first revealed at December 2016’s PlayStation experience and while we first had our sights on what was suspected to be gameplay at E3 2018, an actual release date for the game has been a rather vague presence up until recently. Fans will have to wait a bit longer it seems, to see if the follow-up can live up to the heights of the 2013 original.