Naughty Dog have revealed that The Last of Us Part 2 game will be released just short of seven years after the original, following the delay of its initial release date.
To say that fans of this franchise had to be patient for a release date would be an incredible understatement, as Naughty Dog remained tight-lipped about sharing information on the project since it was first revealed at E3 2018.
Much to the delight of players around the world, during the September 2019 PlayStation State of Play stream, developers presented their final trailer along with that elusive launch window people had been longing for. However, even after such a prolonged wait, the day we expected to see it on the shelves was changed.
The Last of Us 2 release date delayed
The Last of Us 2 has been delayed and is now due to be released on May 29, 2020. Sony initially announced that the sequel would release on February 21, 2020, debunking previous rumors that slated it for a 2019 launch.
During the State of Play presentation, they also gave fans what appears to be the final trailer, including the first Joel sighting since the project was announced.
The release date that can be seen at the very end of the latest trailer, however, shows that it has been tweaked by Naughty Dog. In fact, it's going to be a few months later than expected.
Kotaku's news editor Jason Schreier had previously stated that it was being pushed back to 2020 - and that was indeed the case. Fans will now have to wait until May 29, 2020 to get their hands on the new title.
The Last of Us Part 2 director explains delay
The delay is obviously not an ideal situation for fans, especially those who first played the game when it came out in 2013. That's a long time to wait for another installment. However, the developers see it from another perspective.
In a blog post for PlayStation, the game's director Neil Druckmann said: "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.
"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."
Other The Last of Us 2 trailers
Of course, the State of Play trailer isn't the only one to have been revealed for the second chapter of The Last of Us. As we noted earlier, there was a gameplay trailer showcased at E3 2018, which featured a good look at what the missions in-game are going to look and feel like as well.
Aside from that, there's also the reveal trailer for fans to take a look at as well, which can be found below.
There are countless details to spot in terms of differences between the original the new, including Ellie becoming a whole lot older, but that was always going to be expected.
Will The Last of Us Part 2 be on PS5?
Now that the PlayStation 5 has been confirmed to be coming in 2020 by Sony, it begs the question as to whether or not the new TLOU game will be available on the next-gen platform.
Previous rumors and leaks had hinted towards the game coming out solely on the new console and skipping right past the PlayStation 4.
Although, now we know the release date for the game and it's more than likely coming considerably earlier than the console - meaning that we're probably going to get a remastered version at some point, just like we've seen in the past. The initial release, however, looks certain to be on PS4.
With one delay already confirmed, though, some fans will be fearing one more delay could push the game onto Sony's next generation console, the PS5.
Will The Last of Us Part 2 have multiplayer?
Game directors hinted at E3 2018 that the Factions multiplayer mode may be returning with the game's next installment, despite concerns from fans that it wasn't going to feature. A Sony 'Day of Play' box, as seen below, appeared to suggest that there wouldn't be multiplayer support for the game.
Those worries have seemingly since been put to bed, following the news that Naughty Dog are staffing up for the project, advertising an online systems programmer position for their HQ in Santa Monica, Los Angeles.
The company's official Twitter account made it official, while the lead game designer on the project Vinit Agarwal added an extra incentive for people to apply. While unconfirmed, additional work to this side of the game might have been a factor in the decision to delay the release date.
"Join us. We’ve got big ambitions and need you to help make it a reality," he tweeted on November 12.
Join us. We’ve got big ambitions and need you to help make it a reality. https://t.co/mskalPRwrP
— Vinit Agarwal (@vinixkun) November 12, 2019
Which characters will be playable?
For a long time Joel was nowhere to be seen. Following the dramatic finish of the original game, ending on a lie, there was always going to be the possibility that one of the two main characters - Joel or Ellie - could be omitted from the next title.
Having seen the brand new State of Play trailer, however, it's clear that the two figures will play a role in the game and are seemingly both playable as well.
The developers have been keeping their cards close to their chest when it comes to the story of The Last of Us Part 2, so they might be keeping a few surprises under wraps until the finished article finally emerges.
Other reports suggest that Naughty Dog has actually been using motion capture equipment on a number of real dogs, which would presumably be brought to life in the game.
Whether or not there will be a playable mission with a canine remains to be seen, but it's unlikely. Chances are, we'll just see them wondering around the post-apocalyptic world in the wild.
Who are the enemies in The Last of Us Part 2?
Other than the obvious fact that various zombies, including Clickers, will still be scattered around the world, the enemies in The Last of Us Part 2 still largely remain a mystery.
However, judging by the trailers and snippets of the game we've been given already - particularly the State of Play trailer, it looks as if the enemies are far greater this time around. A serious human threat appears to have emerged.
We already know that the Seraphites, a group of religious fanatics, will have a major role. Speaking about them with Gamesradar, Anthony Newman said: "They're super deadly, and the way that they communicate with each other with the whistles, they're able to coordinate with each other without revealing to the player exactly what they're doing."
"So, you can pay attention, but you're only kind of getting partial information about their plans. It makes them a lot creepier to deal with." We've got all of that to look forward to.
So, there you have it! That's pretty much everything you need to know about The Last of Us Part 2 and while Naughty Dog have been very secretive about their next major game throughout 2019, 2020 is going to be a landmark year for the franchise - without doubt!