The Last of Us 2, Iron Man VR Delayed

The news comes amidst concerns that current events would keep Sony from "providing the launch experience our players deserve."

The Last of Us 2 and Iron Man VR have been delayed. Sony shared the news via Twitter earlier this afternoon, with developer Naughty Dog issuing a near-simultaneous statement on the social media platform. 

Neither Sony nor Naughty Dog provided an updated launch timeline for either game. The Last of Us 2 was set to launch on May 29, while Iron Man VR was set to hit shelves on May 15. The delays are centered on logistical issues concerning the Covid-19 pandemic. 

In a release shared on Twitter, Naughty Dog said that it is almost entirely done with the game's development, but that it wanted fans to experience the game "around the same time." 

As you've likely 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 the development of The Last of Us Part II. We are 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. 

Stay safe!

The Last of Us 2 was first delayed in October "to provide further polish." It was originally set to release in February. 

Recently, Square Enix released early physical copies of Final Fantasy 7 Remake to mitigate shipping issues for the highly-anticipated JRPG. The effort was meant to get the game into players' hands by release day, but an early and sporadic launch has also let loose a torrent of spoilers.  

Though Doom Eternal was also released early due to the effects of Covid-19, its early release was only a few hours in advance and relegated to physical copies sold at GameStop.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on The Last of Us 2 and Iron Man VR as it develops.  

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Published Apr. 2nd 2020

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