Is it possible to send The Last of Us 2 completely online and yet halfway in time for the release? In a PlayStation podcast, Naughty Dog President Neil Druckmann says that the final decision has not yet been made. Meanwhile, the game has already disappeared from the PS Store.
A digital release, that is what is primarily about Reddit forum from The Last of Us 2 is spoken. A majority of the fans would like to do without the physical version, if they could still dive into the game on the actual release date on May 29: As we reported below, the title was lost due to logistical bottlenecks and possible disruptions postponed indefinitely.
Is a digital release of The Last of Us 2 realistic? In the official PlayStation blogcast Neil Druckmann commented directly on the question of what is now with a digital release – and he did not rule it out:
"Well, there is still no final decision. At the moment we are only reacting – what we are dealing with now is a completely different supply chain. We look at how we could get the physical copies out there and how the internet infrastructure is everywhere. As everyone knows, this is a global game, people are waiting for it in every country and we want to be sure that we are fair. If only a small group of people can access it, what about those who don't get it? ”
Ensuring a global, flawless release during the current exceptional situation may be a feat that even Sony cannot accomplish. In addition, and we should not forget that there are places all over the world where it would not be possible to download such a large game: To stay as fair as possible, The Last of Us 2 would have to digital and physically be available, which – as we saw in Final Fantasy 7 Remake – to asynchronous releases all over the world would lead.
Maybe the decision has already been made: The Last of Us 2 is clammy and has secretly disappeared from the PS Store. So we should be prepared for a longer wait.
Yes: There are other games that you can deal with now:
Original message from April 3, 8:54 am
The Last of Us 2: Release postponed "until further notice"
As a result of Spread of the corona virus Sony will not release The Last of Us 2 at the end of May, it will postpones the game indefinitely. The publisher has revealed on Twitter:
Update: YOU has made the difficult decision to delay the launch of The Last of Us Part II and Marvel’s Iron Man VR until further notice. Logistically, the global crisis is preventing us from providing the launch experience our players deserve.
– PlayStation (@PlayStation) April 2, 2020
"Update: Sony Interactive Entertainment made the difficult decision to postpone the release of The Last of Us II and Marvel’s Iron Man VR until further notice. In terms of logistics, the global crisis is preventing us from giving all players the release experience they deserve. ”
This is certainly meant here simultaneous global delivery of the game on release day. As we reported yesterday, Final Fantasy 7 Remake also struggled with delivery disruptions – whereupon FF7 remake appeared 9 days early in Australia.
As a result of the corona virus pandemic: when can we expect the release?
The Last of Us 2 is almost done, adds Naughty Dog in another Twitter post on the subject. The last bugs are being eliminated:
A message from us about the delay of The Last of Us Part II: pic.twitter.com/aGsSRfmJ8a
– Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog) April 2, 2020
“Also, even if we were able to finish The Last of Us 2 in time, we would have to face a reality in which we couldn't bring TLOU2 to our satisfaction. We want everyone to be able to play the game at the same time to ensure that everyone will have the best gaming experience. After all, that means postponing our game until we can solve the logistical problems."
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So it’s not about completing the game on time – it’s all about the ability to be able to send it globally and at the same time. It is therefore impossible to estimate a new release date; neither for The Last of Us II nor for Marvel’s Iron Man VR. After all, it is also impossible to predict when the Coronavirus pandemic at least largely survived will be.