We’ve been waiting since 2016, why not a bit longer? Kotaku first reported that The Last of Us Part II was going to be delayed. Within a couple of hours, Sony confirmed that in a blog post from Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann.
In the post, Druckmann revealed the new release date of May 29, 2020. So that means late Spring. The reason? Apparently Druckmann and company realized that “we simply didn’t have enough time to bring the entire game up to a level of polish we would call Naughty Dog quality.” So instead of putting out an incomplete game, they decided to take the time to do it right. Not only is that smart, it’s the right thing to do.
Delaying games for the sake of making sure they are complete is a growing trend recently. While delays can be frustrating, think about all of the times you played a game, with a ton of bugs, that ultimately needed a patch just to function. Sony and Naughty Dog know how critical this game is. They want to give it the best chance to succeed, and the last thing they need is bad press. We all saw what happened with Fallout 76, and they don’t want to have to explain this for a year before making amends a year later at E3. So save your money for May, because with a ton of big Spring releases, you might need it.
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