After a series of delays, Sony has finally announced a new release date for Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part II.
It took just a weekend of leaked spoilers for Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part II for Sony to announce a new release date for the highly anticipated sequel. Barring any more unforeseen circumstances or setbacks brought on by the coronavirus outbreak, The Last of Us Part II will finally be released for PlayStation 4 on June 19.
The Last of Us Part II was originally slated to launch in February but was delayed to May. Then the coronavirus outbreak happened (and is currently still happening), throwing an entire wrench into everyone’s plans.
It’s perhaps no coincidence that Sony announced the release date for one of its most highly anticipated games just a day after spoilers for The Last of Us Part II leaked on the internet. As I wrote about earlier, multiple videos were uploaded, spoiling key moments and significant plot points in the game. I chose to avoid any and all spoilers so you won’t find any recap of what was leaked here.
Sony hadn’t confirmed the leak until today when Naughty Dog issued a formal statement. In it, the studio confirmed that it was pre-release footage from development, although they didn’t say from when.
"“We know the last few days have been incredibly difficult for you. We feel the same. It’s disappointing to see the release and sharing of pre-release footage from development. Do you best to avoid spoilers and we ask that you don’t spoil it for others.The Last of Us Part II will be in your hands soon. No matter what you see and hear, the final experience will be worth it.”"
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The last bit in the statement is interesting considering some of what I heard was disappointment in the plot points that were leaked. Of course, not knowing what exactly was spoiled it’s hard for me to comment on it. I don’t know if it was snippets of the game release or a full-fledged beat-by-beat breakdown. If they were only nuggets of detail well then you really can’t judge it without the context of the overall game.
Heck, even if the entire game was spoiled, I have no doubt that The Last of Us Part II will still be worth playing. I mean, we’re talking about a sequel to one of the best story-driven games ever. The acting alone will be worth the experience, even if you don’t necessarily agree with the story points.
Thankfully, the wait isn’t too much longer. June is right around the corner, just another month of quarantine to go.