One of the most anticipated games of the year has finally got its release date, and it’s far earlier than we expected. The Last of Us, the sequel to 2013’s post-apocalyptic PlayStation exclusive will be making its way to shelves on 19 June. But that wasn’t always meant to be the case.
According to reports, the game had been repeatedly delayed, with the final rescheduling pushing the release date until later this year. However, a series of videos allegedly leaked by an employee of game developer Naughty Dog revealed major plot details, prompting Sony to make the call.
“We know the last few days have been incredibly difficult for you. We feel the same,” Naughty Dog said in a statement. “It’s disappointing to see the release and sharing of pre-release footage from development. Do your best to avoid spoilers and we ask that you don’t spoil it for others. The Last of Us Part II will be in your hands soon. No matter what you see and hear, the final experience will be worth it.”
On Tuesday, Sony revealed exactly when that final experience will hit, announcing that along with The Last of Us Part II, Sucker Punch productions’ Ghost of Tsushima will follow on July 17. “As our teams at Sony Interactive Entertainment and Worldwide Studios approach development milestones and confront a world changed by COVID-19, we find ourselves having to adapt to today’s ever-changing environment,” Hermen Hulst, head of worldwide studios said. “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. 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.”
For now, if you want to keep The Last of Us Part II plot a secret, refrain from searching for the game, watching YouTube clips or even uttering its name.