Sony has announced that both The Last of Us: Part II and Iron Man VR won’t be making their originally projected May release dates, as the company says the coronavirus pandemic is “preventing [the company] from providing the launch experience [its] players deserve.”
Both games were set to launch on May 15 and 29, meaning both were likely nearing the end of their development cycle, but now that distribution and shipping have become such an ordeal, Sony has made the call to postpone both games until a worldwide launch can go smoothly, but neither have a new date yet.
Last of Us developer Naughty Dog put out a statement on its own social channels, where the studio confirmed the long-awaited sequel is, indeed, nearing the end of its actual development, but the delay was out of the studio’s hands.
The full statement reads as follows:
“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 news is, we’re nearly done with development of The Last of Us Part II. We’re in the midst of 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.”
While Sony has made the decision to delay these two games, the company said in a tweet that there were no other delays to report at this time. This means Ghost of Tsushima is likely still slated to launch on June 26.
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The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant effect on the industry this past year, and Last of Us and Iron Man aren’t the first (or last, most likely) games to be pushed back to deal with the various complications companies are facing. Games like The Outer Worlds‘ Switch port and Wasteland 3 have also seen delays, but they both have new release dates.
While these games are being pushed back, Sony has said the state of things won’t affect the PlayStation 5 launch this holiday season…but we’ll see about that in a month or two.