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Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us sequel could be delayed. | Source: Naughty Dog

Sony is delaying hotly-anticipated PlayStation 4 exclusive The Last of Us Part II to Spring 2020, according to Kotaku.

Sources close to developer Naughty Dog told the publication that despite announcing a release on Feb. 21, 2020 last month, Sony has pushed back the game to an undisclosed date later next year. The gaming giant has yet to comment or issue an official confirmation.

Update: Industry analyst Daniel Ahmad estimates the delay could amount to three months.

The news correlates with reports yesterday that an upcoming PlayStation 4 title was on the cusp of being delayed, although speculation pointed towards Ghost of Tsushima rather than The Last of Us Part II.

More development time to perfect combat, maybe? | Source: Naughty Dog

It’s an odd turn of events. Especially when framed in the context of September’s highly-publicized The Last of Us Part II media event. Nevertheless, Sony and Naughty Dog are no strangers to delays as we saw when Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End was pushed several times after missing its original 2015 release window.

We expect an official announcement from Sony imminently. We’ll update this story as it develops.

This article was edited by Samburaj Das.

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