The Last of Us 2 was announced way back in 2016, and it’s been a long four years. Things were starting to look up last September when we heard it was coming to PlayStation 4 on February 21, 2020, but it was delayed once again. Now, we’re learning that it has been delayed for an indefinite amount of time because of the impact of the Coronavirus – something that’s been affecting game studios across the world.
“[Sony Interactive Entertainment] has made the difficult decision to delay the launch of The Last of Us Part II and Marvel’s Iron Man VR until further notice. Logistically, the global crisis is preventing us from providing the launch experience our players deserve.”
The only good news from this post is that Sony followed up with a second tweet that confirmed no other games have been delayed as of this time. Shortly after the initial PlayStation post, Naughty Dog – the studio behind The Last of Us 2 – claims that the game is “nearly done” in its own statement and that it’s now working out the last bugs. Naturally, this has nothing to do with the game’s actual launch, but it should be noted that the delay doesn’t seem to lie on Naughty Dogs’ shoulders…. Or does it. Here’s the official statement from the tweet:
“We were faced with the reality that due to logistics beyond our control, we couldn’t launch The Last of Us Part 2 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 we can solve these logistic issues.”
For now, there’s no telling when The Last of Us 2 will actually launch, but Naughty Dog has said that it is “hoping this won’t be a long delay.” In the end, everything depends on the COVID-19 timeline and, based on the situation in the United States and the rest of the world, we could be looking at months if not more. Stay safe out there, folks.