Sony’s delayed Last of Us 2 set for June release after story leaks
The release date of one of the most anticipated games of the year, The Last of Us 2, was brought forward after the plot spoilers appeared online.
Video footage of the sequel that contained the main plot details surfaced online over the weekend.
The game was repeatedly delayed, with the latest delay pushing him out on an unspecified date later this year.
But after details of the story leaked, Sony PlayStation announced that the game would be released on June 19th.
The Last of Us 2 is the sequel to the 2013 exclusive PlayStation, in which a smuggler and a girl make their way into the post-apocalyptic United States hit by a devastating infection.
Although the expected release date coincides with the current real-life pandemic, Sony had said the delay indefinitely it depended on logistical problems caused by Covid-19, not on concerns about its content.
The original game has won hundreds of awards for its storytelling, art and direction.
Sony’s Naughty Dog studio said it was “disappointing” to see the spoilers and promised that the game “will be in your hands soon”.
“Regardless of what you see and hear, it will be worth the final experience,” tweeted the study.
Vice President Neil Druckmann, who is working on the game, added some personal thoughts, tweeting: “The heart is broken for the team. The heart is broken for our fans.”
The original February release date had initially been moved to May after development delays.
Then, in April, a further delay was announced, without a new date being set.
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Stephen Totilo, director of the game news site Kotaku, tweeted: “The Last of Us 2 spoilers are a little dragged, but reading what happens or even seeing it will never completely replace playing through it.”
VG247 deputy director Kirk McKeand, he wrote: “[I’ve] I’ve seen people judge the game … by the losses.
“Imagine you did it in the first game: read a synopsis of the plot and call it.
“It would seem boring – they just go to one place.
“It’s the characters, the performance and the dialogues that create a story like this.”
The first game in the series was a PlayStation exclusive and came to the end of the PlayStation 3 lifecycle before being transferred to PlayStation 4.
Its sequel is positioned similarly, with the PlayStation 5 slated for late 2020.