Naughty Dog moved the release date of The Last of Us Part 2 to 29 May 2019. It appears that the game requires more polish to meet the studio's standards.
The Last of Us Part 2 was supposed to release on 21 February 2019, meaning there would be roughly four months until the fans could get their hands on the next chapter of Ellie's adventures.
However, Neil Druckmann spoke to the fans himself through a blog post to explain why that will not be the case and the wait is extended to around six months from the announcement.
According to Druckmann, the developers recently worked on final sections of the game, they noticed that they will not have enough time to polish it enough to meet Naughty Dog's quality standards. From that point on, it was either sacrificing parts of the game or delaying the release date.
The team got a green light for the latter option, which is why the fans will wait until late May 2019. On the bright side, this also means they will get to experience a finished and polished product, as opposed to getting a half baked experience that many publishers and developers don't mind feeding to their audiences these days.
While it's commendable that Naughty Dog would choose to preserve The Last of Us Part 2's integrity, one can not help but wonder if Cyberpunk 2077 and Final Fantasy 7 remaster had any roles in the delay.
Normally, this would seem like a far fetched speculation but there are many other games that are aimed to be blockbusters but their release dates were recently delayed from early 2020 to later points in time. The list includes Rainbow Six Quarantine, Gods and Monsters, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 and Watch Dogs Legion.