The Last of Us Part 2 Shambles Into a New June Release Date, Following Leaks
If you've seen The Last of Us Part 2 in the headlines a lot lately, it's for good reason. The game was initially hit by an unfortunate delay, wiping out its May 29th release date and putting it into 'To Be Determined' territory. This was, in large part, due to the rapidly developing COVID-19 pandemic that took the world by storm. For a while there, it looked like we weren't going to have the game for the foreseeable future. All that has changed with a new blog post from Sony on the ever-updating PlayStation Blog, which brought with it news for both The Last of Us Part 2 and another AAA PlayStation exclusive that everyone has been looking forward to. According to the post, The Last of Us Part 2 is now set to release this June. A round of drinks for everyone! But not so fast. Because of the new release date, Sucker Punch's hotly-anticipated Ghost of Tsushima has been pushed back into July, previously planned for release in June.
"I want to personally congratulate and thank both the teams at Naughty Dog and Sucker Punch Productions on their achievements, as we know it's not an easy feat to reach the finish line under these circumstances," the post reads. "Both teams have worked hard to deliver world-class experiences, and we can't wait to see what you think of them when they release in just a few short months." The word on Naughty Dog's latest post-apocalyptic third-person shooter is that it's mostly finished. All it needs now is some more time in the oven, and the same has been said for Ghost of Tsushima. This extra polish time likely hasn't been easy with the pandemic looming over the dev teams, but it's heartening to hear that we'll be getting the games in the near future. Especially comforting is that TLOU Part 2 is releasing in June, in which E3 this year has been outright canceled. Something to keep us entertained in the meantime.
Things haven't been easy for Naughty Dog these past few days, however. The timing of the new release date hits a little harder due to recent leaks of the game on YouTube. The initial videos have since been taken down, but the Internet being what it is, re-uploads inevitably found their way up onto other sites. The leaks apparently show almost the entirety of the game's plot, which means avoiding huge spoilers for it is going to be that much harder between now and June. It goes without saying, but if you're a frequent Internet browser, tread lightly. Especially on sites like YouTube where sometimes spoilers are as simple as stumbling upon a bad video thumbnail. Hopefully, we can all stay un-spoiled in the lead up to launch; The Last of Us is a very plot-heavy series, and it's hard telling what all is going to happen in Ellie's next outing.
The Last of Us Part 2 is scheduled to release as a PlayStation 4 exclusive on June 19th. The game takes place five years after the first one, seeing players in the shoes of a more grown-up Ellie. She takes the central stage here as the protagonist, whereas the game's previous one, Joel, takes more of a backseat role. Now 19 years old, Ellie must contend with a deadly religious cult that has taken root in society following the events of the first title. The Last of Us was a groundbreaking game back when it came out, providing players with a lush, detailed post-apocalypse and brutal combat that made every encounter feel like a fight for survival. Ghost of Tsushima, meanwhile, is set to release on July 17th. Also a flagship PS4 exclusive, it's Sucker Punch's first outing in a long time, with their last series being the superpowered Infamous games on the PS3.