After the recent news of its indefinite delay, The Last of Us Part II will now be released on June 19, while the highly anticipated Ghost of Tsushima has been pushed back to July 17.
The news came courtesy of Sony Interactive Entertainment Head of Worldwide Studios Hermen Huls via the PlayStation blog: “I want to personally congratulate and thank both the teams at Naughty Dog and Sucker Punch Productions on their achievements, as we know it’s not an easy feat to reach the finish line under these circumstances. Both teams have worked hard to deliver world-class experiences, and we can’t wait to see what you think of them when they release in just a few short months.”
Given the original release date for The Last of Us Part II was in May, it’s a relief to see that the delay isn’t too severe. Ghost of Tsushima was originally scheduled for June 26, so clearly the delay here is only due to scheduling and not wanting to release PlayStation’s two biggest hitters of 2020 within a week of each other.
Naughty Dog also commented on the recent leaks of The Last of Us Part II’s story, which had surfaced online. Be careful out there on the internet if you’re worried about having the narrative ruined for you in any way, shape or form. No need to worry about spoilers here, but the team at Naughty Dog posted the Tweet below, expressing their disappointment.
A message from the studio: pic.twitter.com/f0TzIZXUIB
— Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog) April 27, 2020
With the world starting to look like it’s heading “back to normal” after COVID-19, it’s comforting in a way to see these games getting new release dates, showing that development and production is on track. We certainly hope that other development teams are able to hit their release windows as well so we can start preparing properly for the next console generation right around the corner. Either way, mark these dates in your calendars and get excited!