Apparently Naughty Dog has higher standards than the WWE 2K20 crew as they’re delaying The Last of Us Part II from its original release date of February to May. There were some rumors that a high profile PS4 title was going to be delayed early yesterday. Due to my timeliness with video games, I’m never that upset with game delays, but The Last of Us Part II seemed like the best option since it’s one of 2020’s most anticipated games.
Today on the PlayStation Blog, game director Neil Druckmann confirmed the rumors and explained why the game is getting pushed back.
…As we were closing out sections of the game, that we realized we simply didn’t have enough time to bring the entire game up to a level of polish we would call Naughty Dog quality. At this point we were faced with two options: compromise parts of the game or get more time. We went with the latter, and this new release date allows us to finish everything to our level of satisfaction while also reducing stress on the team.
While we’re relieved that we won’t have to compromise our vision, we’re disappointed that we weren’t able to avoid this exact situation. We wish we could’ve foreseen the amount of polish we needed, but the size and scope of this game got the better of us. We hate disappointing our fans and for that we’re sorry.
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We hope you understand that this additional time ensures that The Last of Us Part II lives up to our collective ambition as well as our commitment to the highest level of quality. We know the extra few months will add to what may already be an excruciating wait for all of us. We are grateful for your patience and continued support. Come next May, you will finally rejoin Ellie in The Last of Us Part II.
Honestly I’m so ridiculously behind in my video game playing that at best I wouldn’t have played it until May at the absolute earliest anyway. I appreciate Naughty Dog taking the time to get the game right instead of releasing a glitchy and buggy game.
At least the PlayStation Store won’t have to deal with dishing out refunds for a broken game like WWE 2K20.
— chocolate starfish (@kingkhristen) October 22, 2019