Friday morning news makes us want to cry. In addition to a bunch of games being delayed by Ubisoft, Sony also confirmed that it will be postponing the release of highly anticipated PlayStation 4 exclusive The Last of Us Part II. The good thing about the delay is that it’s a short one – the new release date for Naughty Dog’s game is May 29th, 2020.
It’s an unexpected delay since The Last of Us Part II had its release date revealed at a dedicated event about a month ago. Game director Neil Druckmann acknowledged that and explained the thought process behind the decision.
“I know. 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. The positive response we saw from our community was overwhelming. You can feel the energy among the team members. After working on something for so many years, it’s invigorating to get a glimpse of validation for all the hard work.
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.”
So, yeah… That’s some Friday for you. However, three additional months doesn’t seem such a long time to get the ‘Naughty Dog quality’ game. We don’t know about you, but we can forgive premature release date announcements as long as the new announcement comes with a new trailer such as this.