This week, PlayStation 4 players were handed a bit of devastating news as they learned that highly-anticipated title The Last Of Us 2 won't be hitting initially revealed release date.
Despite Sony only revealing the release date for the game during a State of Play presentation (back on September 24, 2019), the company has already issued a delay for the game.
"The Last of Us Part II has a new release date of May 29, 2020," writes Neil Druckmann, director of The Last of Us Part II, on the PlayStation Blog .
"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."
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So the company decided to postpone the launch of the game until May. We don't mind – we'd rather a game release in good shape and be the best possible product it can be than get rushed out the door to meet an arbitrary date.
There may be more ramifications to the game being pushed back, though.
Kotaku journalist Jason Schreier noted after the site got a scoop on the delay that it will impact the release dates of other titles Sony will be releasing next year.
One of those is Ghost of Tsushima.
"BTW, Ghost of Tsushima doesn't have a public release date yet, but it'll also be bumped later into 2020 to account for this delay," tweets Schreier.
"Don't expect them to suddenly turn it into a PS5 game or anything, but it was originally planned for the first half of the year – not anymore."
What is Ghost of Tsushima?
The year is 1274. Samurai warriors are the legendary defenders of Japan–until the fearsome Mongol Empire invades the island of Tsushima, wreaking havoc and conquering the local population.
As one of the last surviving samurai, you rise from the ashes to fight back. But, honourable tactics won't lead you to victory.
You must move beyond your samurai traditions to forge a new way of fighting–the way of the Ghost–as you wage an unconventional war for the freedom of Japan.
It's uncertain if this information is accurate – there's been no official word from Sony on anything other than the delay to The Last of Us Part II.
Schreier has a good track record, though, and we're willing to bet his information is accurate: a lot of his past scoops have proven to be true, and his knowledge of the inner workings of the games industry are well-regarded around the world.
We're keeping our eyes on Sony's official communications channels and we'll update you when we hear more.
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