Swiss retailer Softridge may have leaked the release date for Naughty Dog’s highly anticipated PlayStation 4 exclusive The Last of Us Part II.
A listing for the game that appeared on the site earlier today pinpoints a release date of Friday, Feb. 28 next year. Previous speculation and leaks relating to when the title might hit stores also slate The Last of Us Part II for release in early 2020, which gives the leak credibility.
The Last of Us Part II Box Art
Alongside the release date slip, the listing also appears to show the expected box art for The Last of Us Part II. An older Ellie brandishes a rifle as she traipses through a dense forest – a scene that correlates with the short snippets of gameplay we’ve been privy to in the handful of teasers Naughty Dog has released to date.
Additionally, the leak also suggests the game will ship in three distinct editions: a standard edition, special edition, and a collector’s edition. Again, this seems pretty standard fare from a big-budget exclusive, so nothing that sets off any alarm bells as to the veracity of the information on display.
Softridge has also included box art for the special and collector’s edition. At first glance, nothing seems amiss, but jumping to conclusions before getting official confirmation from Naughty Dog would be reckless.
”An Emotional Adventure”
Finally, the listing also includes a blurb for the game, which translates as;
“Five years later …A nerve-wracking, shocking and emotional adventure awaits the player – Ellie and Joel return in the sequel to the acclaimed game of Naughty Dog and are once again on an epic journey.”
Alongside, the Swiss retailer lists the in-game features as follows:
– An intense story driven by strong characters, perfectly orchestrated by the hit studio Naughty Dog
– Outstanding setting
– Unpredictable encounters with enemies through the world-class AI system
– Unpredictable single-player story mode, in the style of a Hollywood blockbuster
– Thanks to state-of-the-art motion capture, emotions are transported even more realistically
As always with these types of retailer leaks, a shovel load of skepticism is recommended. The details may very well be placeholders, so best not to take all of this as gospel but more as a ballpark indicator of when we can expect to get our hands on The Last of Us Part II.
Fortunately, Sony and Naughty Dog are hosting a media event on Tuesday dedicated solely to The Last of Us Part II. We may not have to wait that long at all to get confirmation as to whether Softridge’s leak is on the money or not.