The Last of Us 2 has been delayed once again, this time indefinitely due to distribution complications caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. This is the third time the game has been delayed.
Fans eager to continue roaming the apocalypse in The Last of Us Part II are going to need to sit tight a little longer, as Playstation confirmed the video game sequel has been delayed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic. The company noted that “the global crisis is preventing us from providing the launch experience our players deserve.”
Naughty Dog addressed the delay in a statement. The studio maintains that it's "nearly done with development" and is now just fixing final bugs, but that has no bearing on how coronavirus would affect the game's launch.
A message from us about the delay of The Last of Us Part II: pic.twitter.com/aGsSRfmJ8a— Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog) April 2, 2020
Below is the full text of the statement issued by Naughty Dog on Twitter:
As you’ve likely just seen, the release of The Last of Us Part II has been delayed. We’re sure this news is just as disappointing to you as it is to us. We wanted to reach out to all of you in our community to give you a little more information.
The good news is, we’re nearly done with development of The Last of Us Part II. We are in the midst of fixing our final bugs.
However, even with us finishing the fame, we were faced with the reality that due to logistics beyond our control, we couldn’t launch The Last of Us Part II to our satisfaction.
We want to make sure everyone gets to play The Last of Us Part II 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 e can solve these logistic issues.
We were bummed about this decision but ultimately understood it’s what’s best and fair to all of our players. 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.
We wish you all, your families, and your friends the best of health. Thank you for being amazing fans and your continued support.
Meanwhile Neil Druckmann also expressed his disappointment over the decision:
Extremely sad to deliver this news to y’all. Ultimately, the situation is out of our control. We hope you understand. Stay safe out there. ❤️ https://t.co/fqvp6sraX6— Neil Druckmann (@Neil_Druckmann) April 2, 2020
For the time being, The Last of Us 2 does not have a release date. Naughty Dog says it's "hoping this won't be a long delay," but neither it nor SIE offered a new release window. It all comes down to the coronavirus timeline, and judging from the conditions in the United States, it could be upwards of two months before things truly stabilize.
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