In an unfortunate turn of events, Sony Interactive Entertainment announced that Naughty Dog’s highly-anticipated The Last of Us Part II will be delayed indefinitely due to COVID-19. Kotaku reports that the game is just about finished, but the delay was made due to “logistical and economic reasons.”
Update: SIE has made the difficult decision to delay the launch of The Last of Us Part II and Marvel's Iron Man VR until further notice. Logistically, the global crisis is preventing us from providing the launch experience our players deserve.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) April 2, 2020
Originally set to release on May 29, The Last of Us Part II is the sequel to the critically acclaimed 2013 game set in a post-apocalyptic world where mankind has been infected by a fungal disease which turns humans into vicious creatures. The main appeal behind The Last of Us is the narrative, more specifically the characters Joel and Ellie, who return in this sequel.
Naughty Dog released this statement on Twitter:
A message from us about the delay of The Last of Us Part II: pic.twitter.com/aGsSRfmJ8a
— Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog) April 2, 2020
When the COVID-19 crisis blows over, we should finally be able to play The Last of Us Part II shortly after. It is set to release on PlayStation 4.