The Last of Us Part II has been delayed

Only weeks ago, Naughty Dog announced that The Last of Us Part II would launch on March 20, 2020. This morning, creative director Neil Druckmann announced on the PlayStation Blog that the game has been delayed. The Last of Us Part II will now ship on May 20, 2020.

“I know,” reads Druckmann’s post, “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.”

Druckmann explains that as Naughty Dog entered the development home stretch, the team realised they “simply didn’t have enough time to bring the entire game up to a level of polish we would call Naughty Dog quality.”

“While we’re relieved that we won’t have to compromise our vision, we’re disappointed that we weren’t able to avoid this exact situation. We wish we could’ve foreseen the amount of polish we needed, but the size and scope of this game got the better of us.”

The game’s delay will no doubt sting for fans eager for its release, but at this point, what’s another two months if it means Naughty Dog won’t have to compromise?

The Last of Us Part II launches May 20, 2020 exclusively on PlayStation 4.

David Smith

David Smith is the former games and technology editor at The AU Review. He has previously written for PC World Australia. You can find him on Twitter at @RhunWords.