Coronavirus Pandemic Delays A Video Game About An Even Worse Pandemic

As per a news release, the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in another delay for one of 2020’s most awaited video games, which is also about another pandemic. 

Video Game Delay

The game in question is the long-awaited “The Last of Us Part II,” which is the sequel to the award-winning video game “The Last Of Us” that was released back in 2013. Originally supposed to be released back in February of this year, the game eventually got delayed to a May 29 release, only to be delayed again indefinitely because of the raging coronavirus pandemic.

The announcement was made via the official twitter account of Sony, saying “logistically, the global crisis is preventing us from providing the launch experience our players deserve.” Naughty Dog, the game’s developer, also shared a similar statement that says they are “nearly done with development.”

“Even with us finishing the game, we were faced with the reality that due to logistics beyond our control, we couldn’t launch ‘The Last of Us Part II’ to our satisfaction. We want to make sure everyone gets to play ‘The Last of Us Part II’ around the same time, ensuring that we’re doing everything possible to preserve the best experience for everyone,” the developer said in the statement.

Released back in 2013, the original game puts you in the shoes of Joel, an old, wizened man trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world that’s been ravaged by a zombie outbreak all thanks to a fungi virus. Taking inspiration from real-life Cordyceps, the game’s version of the fungi takes human victims instead of insects, and turns them into mindless spore-releasing creatures that hunger for flesh. Through Joel’s eyes, the game places a teenager named Ellie, who for some reason, is immune to the disease. Together, you two would then go on a journey that explores themes such as family and sacrifice.

The new game picks up a few years after the initial one, and puts you this time in the shoes of Ellie, now a full-grown woman. Developed by Santa Monica-based studio Naughty Dog, the game will be one of the last major releases for the PS4 before Sony moves on to the PS5, which is to be released at the end of this year.

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