The two PlayStation titles planned to arrive in May got into a foggy situation due to the coronavirus.
„Sony Interactive Entertainment 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,” Sony wrote on Twitter, adding that „currently, there are no other delays to report, but we’ll keep you updated.” Sounds bad, we should expect more delays.
Naughty Dog didn’t leave it at that. They released a batch of new images, as well as a message: „[…] 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 news is, we’re nearly done with the development of The Last of Us Part II. We are 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 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 of 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!”
If we want to be cynical, it’s because Naughty Dog now has no chance to crunch the game, as the studio is located in California, one of the most affected regions of the United States. The logistics can be explained: they wouldn’t be able to manufacture the physical copies, and their distribution would be problematic (which is why Final Fantasy VII Remake broke street date in Europe…).
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