Much like every­thing else in the world, The Last of Us Part II has been delayed because of the pan­dem­ic. PlaySta­tion’s Twit­ter first announced the delay in a short tweet, Naughty Dog offi­cial­ly gave a state­ment short­ly afterwards. 

Essen­tial­ly, the rea­son is the logis­tics of launch­ing a game dur­ing this unprece­dent­ed time. The great chal­lenge being to print, ship and sell phys­i­cal copies. Fans of The Last of Us would like­ly be upset if they could­n’t get their hands on a phys­i­cal copy — espe­cial­ly a col­lec­tor edition. 

How­ev­er, Naughty Dog did state they were close to com­plet­ing The Last of Us Part II and were in the stage of fix­ing final bugs. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, even when they fin­ish the game they can’t move for­ward until the logis­tics issues can be resolved.

They did not give a time­frame as to when they think the game would release, mean­ing right now it is indef­i­nite. The Last of Us Part II was sup­posed to launch on May 29th, 2020.

You can see the full state­ment made by Naughty Dog below:

As you’ve like­ly just seen, the release of The Last of US Part II has been delayed. We’re sure this news is just as dis­ap­point­ing to you as it is to us. We want­ed to reach out to all of you in our com­mu­ni­ty to give you a lit­tle more information.

The good new is, we’re near­ly done with devel­op­ment of The Last of Us Part II. We are in the midst of fix­ing out 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 best expe­ri­ence for every­one. This meant delay­ing the game until such a time where we can solve these logis­tic issues.

We were bummed about this deci­sion but ulti­mate­ly under­stood it’s what’s best and fair to all our play­ers. We’re hop­ing that this won’t be a long delay and we’ll update you as soon as we have new infor­ma­tion to share.

We wish you all, your fam­i­lies, and your friends the best of health. Thank you for being amaz­ing fans and your con­tin­ued support.

Stay safe!

naughty Dog