Developer Naughty Dog has announced that their highly anticipated The Last of Us Part II has been delayed. It’s sad news for PlayStation fans who are eagerly awaiting the game’s release.
Weeks after announcing that The Last of Us Part II would be releasing on the 21st of February 2020, developer Naughty Dog announced that the game will be delayed to the 29th of May 2020. The reason, according to Creative Director Neil Druckmann in a recent blog post, is that the game just isn’t up to Naughty Dog’s high standards.
To be honest, we don’t mind that much. With the recent trend of developers and publishers releasing games in incomplete states and selling them for full price, having a game delayed by a month or two to make sure it’s as good as it can be is refreshing.
Druckmann mentions that they just aren’t willing to compromise on the game’s 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.”
Of course it’s not just gamers that are disappointed as the team wished that they could get the game to fans as soon as possible but, as mentioned, it needs to be the best it can be.
Naughty Dog isn’t the only developer delaying an upcoming game. Ubisoft also announced that multiple titles will also be delayed. These titles include Watch Dogs Legion, Gods and Monsters and Rainbow Six Quarantine. All the titles have been delayed to their next financial year, which should see them releasing sometime between April 2020 and March 2021. This can be seen as yet another move to make sure that games are released in a more complete state, especially since many felt that Ubisoft’s recently released Ghost Recon Breakpoint had a few issues that should have been sorted out before it was released.
Judging by the amount of time and effort Naughty Dog is putting into The Last of Us Part II, we have little doubt that it will probably live up to all the expectations.