Naughty Dog announced the release of The Last of Us II has been delayed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The long-awaited sequel to the hit video game titled The Last of Us was on course for a May 29, 2020 release date. However, Sony announced that the release date of the video game would have to be delayed indefinitely due to the coronavirus in a statement posted on Monday.
In a follow-up statement, developer Naughty Dog explained that while the game was nearly complete, there were still a few issues that needed to be fixed. Unfortunately, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the shutdown measure taking place to slow the spread of the virus have forced the developer to delay the video game until they can resolve these bugs:
The good news is, we’re nearly done with development of The Last of Us Part II. We are in the midst of fixing our final bugs.
However, even with us finishing the game, we were faced with the reality that due to logistics beyond our control, we couldn’t launch The Last of Us Part II to our satisfaction. We want to make sure everyone gets to play The Last of Us Part II around the same time, ensuring that we’re doing everything possible to preserve the bext experience for everyone. This meant delaying the game until such a time where we can solve these logistic issues.”
You can read the full statement from Naughty Dog in the post below.
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
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The first video game centers on the relationship between a smuggler named Joel and 14-year-old Ellie, the latter of whom may be the key to curing the deadly pandemic that resulted in the post-apocalypse world of the game. Hired to smuggle Ellie out of a quarantine zone, Joel finds himself relying on the teenage girl just as much as she relies on him as they fight to survive on their journey across the United States.
The HBO is currently developing a television adaptation that will cover the events of the first game, with the upcoming sequel titled potentially serving as the basis for additional content. Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann will pen and executive the series. The HBO adaptation will be a co-production with Sony Pictures Television and in association with PlayStation Productions. Carolyn Strauss and Naughty Dog president Evan Wells also serve as executive producers.
Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on The Last of Us II as it develops.
Source: Naughty Dog