Another day, another delay.
Yesterday, Best Buy sent an email to anyone that had pre-ordered The Last Of Us to notify them that the game had been delayed. At the time, Sony and Naughty Dog had nothing to say about it, but then today they made it official by confirming that the game has been delayed from May 7th to June 14th. Bummer.
Naughty Dog released the following statement regarding the delay, on the official Playstation blog:
“The Last of Us is an ambitious project. In many ways it may be Naughty Dog’s most ambitious project to date – brand new universe and cast of characters, brand new tech, brand new genre, not to mention it’s easily the longest campaign Naughty Dog has ever made.
As we entered the final phase of development for The Last of Us, we came to realize just how massive Joel and Ellie’s journey is. But instead of cutting corners or compromising our vision, we came to the tough decision that the game deserved a few extra weeks to ensure every detail of The Last of Us was up to Naughty Dog’s internal high standards.
As a team we pride ourselves on setting a very high quality bar for every aspect of our games – gameplay, story, art, design, technology and more. We want to make sure The Last of Us raises that bar even further – for ourselves, and most importantly, for you, our fans.
The extra wait will be very short and your patience will be rewarded. Update your calendars. You won’t even have to change seasons. The Last of Us will be available June 14th, 2013. Until then, know that we will be working extremely hard to deliver an experience that matches your high expectations.”
It’s never fun when a game you are pumped for gets delayed, but this can only mean that we get an even better The Last of Us in the end. I can handle a few more weeks for that.