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The Last of Us Part 2 delayed until May

The game's director says they need more time to polish it up.

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Last of Us 2

It'll be just a little longer before the start of Ellie's new adventure.


Over the course of a month, Sony and developer Naughty Dog announced the release date of the video game The Last of Us Part 2 and its subsequent delay. Players will now have to wait a few more months before they'll see what happens to Ellie. 

In September at Sony's State of Play event, they announced the game would come out in February. But in a post Thursday, the game's director, Neil Druckmann, explained the reason for delaying The Last of Us Part 2 until May 29. He said the development needs more time.

"It was during the last few weeks, 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," Druckmann said. "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.

In the trailer announcing the original release date, a grown-up Ellie is seen enjoying her new life, but she gets abducted and something happens. Something bad. She now has to leave her life and take on those who hurt her. And she's not alone. Joel from the original game makes an appearance, as he doesn't want to let her take on this fight alone. 

The game will have multiple editions available for purchase. There's the collector's edition for $160 that'll come with a 12-inch statue of Ellie along with other collector's items. 

The Last of Us 2 Ellie

The Last of Us Part 2 Collector's Edition


There's also an Ellie edition of the game for $250. It comes with everything in the collector's edition along with a full-size backpack Ellie uses in the game. 

The Last of Us 2 Ellie Edition

The Last of Us Part 2 Ellie Edition.


Originally published Sept. 24.
Update, Oct. 24: Adds info about delay. 

Correction, Oct. 24, 11:55 a.m. PT: An earlier version of this story misspelled the director's last name. His name is Neil Druckmann. 

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