(Update) Neil Druckmann confirmed the news over at the PlayStation blog moments ago:
To our fans,
Let me cut to the chase and get the news out of the way. The Last of Us Part II has a new release date of May 29, 2020.
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.
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. We hate disappointing our fans and for that we’re sorry.
We hope you understand that this additional time ensures that The Last of Us Part II lives up to our collective ambition as well as our commitment to the highest level of quality. We know the extra few months will add to what may already be an excruciating wait for all of us. We are grateful for your patience and continued support. Come next May, you will finally rejoin Ellie in The Last of Us Part II.
In a rather odd turn of events it appears that Naughty Dog and PlayStation are about to delay The Last of Us Part II until Spring 2020. This is not even a month after recently having a major event AND the release date of February 21st, 2020 being the closing announcement of the most recent State of Play.
Rumors started to circulate yesterday that a major SIE WWS still was about to be delayed. Now Lis reporting that The Last of Us Part II is being pushed to Spring 2020.
Could this be because of the outrage of the lack of multiplayer mode being included? Or perhaps that early 2020 is so slammed with games that Sony wants to let some of their 3rd party publishers have the chance to shine?
More news as this delay becomes official.