When asked about the digital-only release of the game, The Last of Us Part II director Neil Druckmann has confirmed that Sony are yet to decide on that as some counties might not have the proper infrastructure in place for such launch.
As you may know, The Last of Us Part II has been delayed indefinitely earlier this week. Naughty Dog's action-adventure is complete with some minor bug fixing and polishing left but despite that, it won't launch on 29 May 2020 due to logistical reasons which are "beyond Sony's control".
That basically means that due to coronavirus pandemic, Sony are unable to print and ship physical copies of the game, so the release will have to wait a bit longer.
However, some The Last of Us fans suggested a digital-only launch, at least until the pandemic starts to slow down. The Last of Us Part II director Neil Druckmann responded to this request and it seems that Sony are not completely against such an idea.
On the latest PlayStation Blogcast , Druckmann said that "there hasn't been a final decision yet" regarding the digital-only release of The Last of Us Part II on 29 May 2020. However, he explained that it is a tough one for the publisher since some countries may not have a proper internet infrastructure for a digital-only release.
"This is a worldwide game that people in every country are waiting for," Druckmann said. "We wanna make sure we are fair with [everyone], if we only get it to a small fraction of people, what is it do to the all people that don't get it."
Furthermore, Druckmann made it clear that Sony and Naughty Dog are looking at all options and trying to find the best way to get the game to all players as soon as possible but that will take some time since "the world is changing from day to day".