The Last Of Us II Delayed Indefinitely

The Last Of Us II Delayed Indefinitely

The much-anticipated post-apocalyptic adventure game The Last of Us II will be delayed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic, publisher Sony said today.

The game, which had been previously scheduled for May 29, is nearly done and ready to go, a Naughty Dog developer told Kotaku this afternoon. This was a decision made for logistical and economic reasons.

“The good news is, we’re nearly done with development of The Last of Us Part II,” Naughty Dog said in a statement this afternoon. “However, even with us finishing the game, 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 bext experience for everyone. This meant delaying the game until such a time where we can solve these logistic issues.”

Naughty Dog’s employees, like most at video game companies across the world, are currently working from their homes in order to practice self-isolation. 

A recent Kotaku investigation looked at the culture of crunch surrounding Naughty Dog and the development of The Last of Us II.


  • I both understand and am completely confused by this. Are we saying, they think that the game sales will be damaged by not having physical copies out in the wild (i.e. that’s more a Sony wanting more money problem) for people to play, or are they saying that they don’t want the story ruined for people who can’t get a digital copy?

    Or both?

    At the end of the day, it’s their game, their choice when they want to release it and that’s fine. I’m more wondering, the closer they get to PS5, will people end up just waiting for their PS5 to buy it?

    • Meanwhile Animal Crossing sold like crazy. It doesn’t make sense, but their concern would be entirely around the $$$$’s.

      • Animal Crossing was printed and shipped well before the issues with manufacturing and logistics took hold.
        Both industries have since been scaled back dramatically and what remains is focused almost entirely on essential products, not to mention many retailers cannot afford to accept the deliveries right now either.

    • based on the twit, it sounds like the latter… which is fair, there is a significant delay for overseas parcel currently (I just got a parcel 1.5 months out when it usually takes 2 weeks).

      I assume based on some past metrics, they realise more people buy physical then digital and with sony throttling downloads across the PS network… they won’t reach the same amount of audience as the first game

      I also wonder if there’s any logistical issue with printing physical copies seeing as Japan isn’t doing so great on the pandemic front and China just started getting back to normal

      • Yeah, I suspect it’s a combination of logistical problems with manufacturing and distribution, plus a lot of retailers being shut down (and probably even more by the time this was supposed to release), plus what will probably be an enormous download, made more difficult by Sony slowing PSN download speeds (even more than usual, I mean).

  • If this had happened to FF7 remake I’d be absolutely devastated. Sorry to those who were really keen on this.

  • …the launch experience our players deserve.

    I don’t want an experience, I want to playyyyyyy

  • As someone who has FF7, RE3, ACNH and Doom E to play… I care not for another title to add to the back catalogue.

  • I’m incredibly disappointed, but I understand the reasoning.

    Besides the financial and delivery side of things, there’s also the issue of whether it’s timely to release a game about a worldwide epidemic causing humanity to go in to hiding.

    So the ‘Animal Crossing’ sales reference actually strengthens that argument – that is a joyful happy game that the world can really benefit from right now, and Final Fantasy is similar in that it’s a very fantastical world to escape to. As someone who’s just been playing through things like ‘The Division 2’ and ‘Days Gone’ the last couple of weeks while I’m on holiday, I can say that those story lines have been a little too close to home. It doesn’t bother me so much, but I can see how it might detract from sales.

    • isn’t Final Fantasy about eco-terrorists trying to stop corporate interests from destroying the planet?

  • Dammit…

    I completely understand their reasoning. Still stings though.

    I guess it gives me more time to go through my back-log of games though, haha…

  • It does make all that crunch the developers went through even more galling now that the completed game is just going to sit on the shelf for months anyway.

  • As much as i want this game

    I’ll wait for the inevitable ps5 remaster version

    Now with the delay it wouldn’t surprise me if this is now only released on next gen

    • I wonder if it would get a full PS5 remaster since PS5 has backwards compatibility with PS4. More likely it’ll just get a PS5 enhancement patch similar to what the did with the PS4 version of TLOU to spruce it up for PS4 Pro.

  • You would think there is no better time to launch the game? Most people are at home either binging on Netflix or playing games.

    • Yeah, but the issue is more likely to be around manufacturing enough copies, getting them to retailers, and retailers actually being open for people to buy it. They would rather wait until things are back to something vaguely resembling normal and release it then with maximum hype and fanfare rather than release now with lower sales.

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