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Considering the big reveal event last month, we at GAMINGbible towers were all getting quite excited for the release of The Last Of Us Part II this February. Well, douse those hopes because Neil Druckmann, the game's director, has announced a three-month delay, pushing the game's release back to May 29, 2020.
"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," Druckmann writes in the blog post announcing the delay.
"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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While it may be a little disappointing that we have to wait longer to continue Joel and Ellie's adventure, it's preferable to wait for a better game than play a rushed one. Plus, we have to assume some of that polish is going to be put into the dogs - the good boys and girls that will mercilessly hunt you in the new game (but which we won't have to kill). So any time spent making better dogs is a good thing in my book.
This news of The Last Of Us Part II's delay comes alongside news that Ubisoft is pushing Watch Dogs: Legion, Gods & Monsters, and Rainbow Six Quarantine into the next financial year (April 2020 to March 2021). Clearly a lot of developers are feeling the need to polish their games.
Considering The Last Of Us Part II will be one of the final exclusives for the PlayStation 4, you can imagine Sony wants to make sure they get it right, especially ahead of the arrival of the PS5 in late 2020.
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