Although it was originally delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Last of Us II has finally been given a new release date.
A new blog post from PlayStation reveals that following the recent delay thanks to the coronavirus, The Last of Us II finally has a new release date. The game was one of a number of titles hit by delays, but a recent announcement from PlayStation confirmed the new release date because of an “ease in the global distribution environment.”
The blog post from the Head of Worldwide Studios, Hermen Hulst, announced that players will be able to get their hands on The Last of Us II on June 19. The announcement also noted that the long-awaited open-world game Ghost of Tsushima will arrive a month later on July 17. Hulst congratulated the developers of both games, recognizing the work that’s gone into getting them ready for release in the current climate.
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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.
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