Earlier this month, Sony pushed back the release date of its highly anticipated PlayStation exclusive title The Last of Us Part II with no new launch window in sight. But today, that has changed, with the Sony Head of Worldwide Studios Hermen Hulst announcing June 19 as the new launch date.
“As our teams at Sony Interactive Entertainment and Worldwide Studios approach development milestones and confront a world changed by COVID-19, we find ourselves having to adapt to today’s ever-changing environment,” said Hulst in the announcement. “Amidst some disruptions to our working styles, we wanted to provide an update to PlayStation gamers who are eager to learn when our next exclusive titles will arrive to PlayStation 4.”
Aside from The Last of Us Part II news, a release date change for Sucker Punch Productions’s Ghost of Tsushima was also revealed today. The samurai title will be launching on July 17 instead of sticking to the original June 26 schedule. This delay could be a strategic one to not have two PlayStation 4 exclusives release so close together and cannibalize each other’s sales.
Interestingly, The Last of Us Part II’s new release date announcement arrives just hours after many plot details and cutscenes of the game were leaked to the public. Meanwhile, another PlayStation exclusive game that saw an indefinite delay earlier this month was Iron Man VR, but a new release date for the title is yet to materialize.