The Last of Us II release date has been moved to the 29th of May 2020, according to a statement released on their website, signed by Neil Druckman.
In the statement, Druckman says that they were facing a choice to compromise parts of the game to have it release on the originally announced date of the 21st of February 2020. While the delay is only for a little over three months, Naughty Dog seems to believe that this extra time will allow them to polish the game to what they call “Naughty Dog quality”.
While we’re relieved that we won’t have to compromise our vision, we’re disappointed that we weren’t able to avoid this exact situation. We wish we could’ve foreseen the amount of polish we needed, but the size and scope of this game got the better of us. We hate disappointing our fans and for that we’re sorry.
The Last of Us II was first teased back in 2016, at PlayStation Experience, even showing a trailer for it. However, it wasn’t until just a few weeks back in September 2019, during a State of Play Livestream, that Naughty Dog revealed the original release date, that has since been updated.