PlayStation announced Thursday that the release of "The Last of Us Part II", one of the season's most anticipated video games, has had to be delayed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic and will not be available, as expected, on next May 29.
"Sony Interactive Entertainment has made the difficult decision to delay the release of 'The Last of Us Part II' and 'Marvel's Iron Man VR' until further notice," PlayStation said today on its official Twitter account.
"Logistically, the global crisis is preventing us from providing the launch experience that our players deserve. At the moment, there are no other postponements to report on, but we will keep you updated."
Naughty Dog, the developer behind this sequel to the hit and influential "The Last of Us" (2013), also expressed her dismay at this unexpected change in plans caused by the pandemic.
"We are sure that this news is as disappointing for you as it is for us," said the Californian company on its Twitter profile.
"The good news is that we are very close to finishing the development of 'The Last of Us Part II'. We are solving the final errors. However, even if we finish the game, we have faced the reality that, for logistical beyond our control, we could not launch it as we would like, "he added.
The new release date for this game has not yet been released.
The postponement of "The Last of Us Part II" is the first major delay in the world of video games due to the global crisis unleashed by COVID-19, a pandemic that has left devastating consequences in other cultural industries such as music or movie theater.
Two "remakes" of video games that are among the highlights of April, the new versions of "Resident Evil 3" and "Final Fantasy VII", have already warned their followers that there could be distribution problems due to the advancement of the disease.
In total, more than a million people have been infected and 51,000 have died from COVID-19, according to the latest data from the US Johns Hopkins University.