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PS4's Last Of Us 2 Still Has No Release Date, But Director Neil Druckmann Has Jokes

The Last of Us: Part II has no official release date.

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When is Naughty Dog's The Last of Us: Part II releasing? That's one of the biggest questions in gaming right now. Beyond assurances that it is still coming to PS4--which could have been in doubt, given more and more talk about PS5--we don't have any idea of just when the much-anticipated game is releasing. But game director Neil Druckmann is having some fun with the discussion in the meantime.

He joked on Twitter that The Last of Us: Part II is delayed by five minutes every time someone asks for the release date. Naturally, people responded to his tweet by asking for the release date.

The Last of Us: Part II is rumored to release in February this year. Just recently, Ellie actress Ashley Johnson said on a Critical Role video that she thinks the game is coming out during a month that starts with the letter F. Kotaku writer Jason Schreier also believes The Last of Us: Part II could release in February, while noted industry analyst Daniel Ahmad says February 2020 is the current internal date for The Last of Us: Part II.

Officially, no release date--or even a release window--has been announced yet for The Last of Us: Part II. The parody website The Onion recently posted a silly story that said the game would launch in 2019, and Naughty Dog responded by saying it would share more information when it's ready. For more on the much-awaited PS4 game, check out everything we know about The Last of Us: Part II.

The Last of Us: Part II is coming to PS4, but the PS5 will be backwards compatible with PS4 games, so Naughty Dog's title will play on the new system as well.

In other news, one of The Last of Us: Part II's designers has joined the new Xbox studio, The Initiative.

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Midna

The first game was brilliant! It had a great story with believable characters, great stealth gameplay, a cool multiplayer and great graphics. TLOU2 is my most anticipated game next to Cyberpunk 2077!

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ComeGetYerMilk

The Last of Us was the best example of storytelling that came from gaming during the previous and current generation of video game systems, in my opinion. I had never played an Uncharted game previous to having made this determination. The Last of Us is not overrated, that would be impossible, in my opinion. I completed the campaign countless times and it was the first game I ever platinumed. Best game ever, in my opinion. Oh and I keep saying “in my opinion”, because some of you forget that your opinions are anything more than that and fail to even refer to your statements as opinions. If you are not hyped for TLOU 2 after having played the first one then you have very poor taste in video games, in my opinion. See how this redundant opinion thing works oh great judges of all things good in gaming?

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Midna

@comegetyermilk: This guy has great opinions.

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Bignoli

@midna: In your opinion. In mine though, he does as well hehehe

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Megavideogamer

Delay is great so the game will be awesome.

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G-Legend

"The Last of Us: Part II is rumored to release in February this year."
It's already come out guys duh...

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PCGamer2019

The thing is its not a joke, never known a company like Sony to reveal games 8 years before anything gets delivered. Just trying to keep relevant I guess as right now they are probably the last choice anyone would make to play games.

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robbehG

@pcgamer2019: That's bait.

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PCGamer2019

@robbehG: Whats bait about it? Its the weakest machine its stalling on crossplay doesnt have ea access or gamepass or a decent controller worse network worse exclusives etc etc I can see no reason what so ever to game on a ps, if you take that as bait thats entirely up to you, i wasnt looking for your approval on my opinion I just wanted to clear that up

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robbehG

@pcgamer2019: Yeah but they got games. A library of good games will overpower specs for most people. Judging by your username, we do have one thing in common: we both primarily game on PC. And as such you know that luckily that means we get to play most Xbox exclusives.

But I also have a PS4. I'm guessing you aren't a fan of most PS exclusive games but many people including myself are. I can't imagine this generation without Bloodborne, UC4, and God Of War in particular. And there are a lot of other PS exclusives that have become staples of this gen as well. The common knock on Sony's games is "they are just playable movies". Which is a misconception I had as well when I only had an Xbox 360 last gen. Just because they aren't open world, doesn't mean games like God Of War and Uncharted don't have tightly designed levels with satisfying gameplay. Just because they are super cinematic, doesn't mean they don't play excellently as well. Honestly Sony's games are a much need refuge from the all the generic multiplat open world games that get pumped out.

Now if Sony started releasing their games on PC, I would never buy another playstation as long as I lived. I probably mischaracterized your comment as bait. But when you say "I can't see any reason what so ever to play on PS", its like, did you actually just not consider that people like their games? Sony's first party lineup is one of the bigger stories of this gen, its hard to miss it.

And finally, stalling on cooperating with competitors when you are dominating is not something exclusive to Sony. Microsoft did it last gen and you know they will do it again when they are back on top.

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Not_Boss

Starting to think Maybe last of us 2 is the launch title for next PS maybe they want to pull off the same stunt as Xbox did.

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BigEar17

slow news day?

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Xristophoros

good food takes time.

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GamerBum

The first two sentences read,

“When is Naughty dogs The last of us part 2 releasing? That’s one of the biggest questions in gaming right now.”

One of the biggest questions in gaming right now?? LMAO GTFO.

Get off sonys/naughty dogs dick for one second.

TLOU 2 = probably

Story 9/10

Production 9/10

Gameplay 6/10

but because it’s a sony exclusive it’ll probably get 10/10s and glowing reviews from all the gaming sites

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PCGamer2019

@gamerbum: All these games are as boring as hell no idea why everyone gets stiffys.

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kiloman_74

@gamerbum: play part one........

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Sound_Demon

Eddie always has the no news articles front paged in Gamespot and I always scratch my head about this. What am I supposed to take from this headline? If a someone on the programming team also tells a joke, does it become "gaming news"? Do you have a filter Eddie?

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kgsg-19-2

I enjoyed TLOU and have been looking forward to the sequel, but can't say I'm excited for it nor disappointed if it got delayed. But now w/ this "every time you ask get delayed by 5 minutes" just makes me want to play it less. Also the "annoyingly too long" to release thing is also what burned me out for rdr 2, at some point taking time to make a good game is too long.

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Valgaav_219

It took me forever to beat The Last of Us but it really picked up steam towards the end. I'm really excited for the sequel and it's definitely a day 1 purchase for me.

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analgrin

@valgaav_219: It took me a weekend. couldn't stop once I started (well apart from sleeping and eating anyway)

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Valgaav_219

@analgrin: Dude, it took me over a year. I liked the story and characters but I kept dropping it and playing other stuff because I don't like zombie games, resource management, not having enough bullets, etc. That's why Resident Evil games were never my thing. When I finally picked it up, though, I couldn't put it down. That last probably 30% of it was just so epic. I was so surprised at the story twist after they did all that and travelled the whole country smh

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cashx002

@valgaav_219: SAME.

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nikolistary

I don't know why exactly, but this game is gonna be a bargain bin game for me years after release. The first game was essentially Uncharted: Drake's Depression, it had its moments, but ultimately was a slog to play. The first game was about love according to Druckman, and now Part II is about hate. I don't know how to get into a game that already has insanely graphic violence be all about hatred. Maybe I'm weird, but I don't really like to exist in games that are THAT extremely dour and sad. And I've platinumed Metro 2033 and Last Light.

Crucify me, but The Last of Us is extremely overrated. It's popular because fans love and adore Uncharted. Period. Story-wise these games aren't better than your average television drama, and the gameplay and mechanics have never been better than Uncharted games. At times it's worse than Uncharted.

But I guess if you're already filled with sadness and anger this will be the perfect game to slash throats and see blood splatter everywhere while the person chokes and gurgles on his own blood. All because some chick is pissed off at the world.

Hard pass until $10 or less.

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ASnakeNeverDies

@nikolistary: [LOL] At least it'll make for a good tech demo, Nik. ?‍♂️

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analgrin

@nikolistary: I disagree about people only liking it because of Uncharted. TLoU is my favourite game of all time but I can take or leave the Uncharted games, never played the first one. I did enjoy and complete the second one. Never got passed the first couple of hours of No. 3 as it bored me. Played Uncharted 4 for a couple of weeks and got bored. Came back to it 6 months later and forced myself to finish it. (best thing about Uncharted 4 is the dog in the prologue, best video game dog ever! lol) I also downloaded the spin off Thief's End but I only played the first couple of hours of that.

I think it's all down to the setting and themes of games and what type of person you are. Uncharted is like Indiana Jones which is okay, I like those movies but I never went out of my way to watch them. I'm more of a horror and dark thriller type of person myself so TLoU grabbed me straight away and I couldn't put it down until I finished it. The Epilogue wrenched my heart like no movie or game before ever had so I instantly became attached to the characters and the dark, unforgiving world. The amazing music, acting etc far better than any tv show and I can't think of any movie that tops the story and the way it's told.

It's down to the type of person you are. I guess I must be a secret Goth or Emo type where as you're a more upbeat, dare I say Hipster? type person? Maybe not but you get where I'm coming from. I hope.

TLoU is not really for you which is fair enough. It's my GOAT but it has nothing to do with the connection to Uncharted.

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PunkerFrank

@nikolistary: ''It's popular because fans love and adore Uncharted. Period.'' Ok that's a really dumb statement.

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nikolistary

@punkerfrank: Why is it a dumb statement? TLoU came from Naughty Dog, who for the last decade made Uncharted a third person action game. When TLoU was revealed, it immediately became globally popular as it was coming off the success of Uncharted. Which is fine, I guess, as people who like a certain developer's offerings are common to buy their other IPs. But that said, it is possible for mass amounts of overhype and overrating to occur.

Same thing is happening everywhere. We're SUPPOSED to love Anthem/Andromeda because of the Mass Effect trilogy. We're SUPPOSED to get super hyped on Fallout 76 because Fallout 3 and New Vegas. We're SUPPOSED to piss ourselves on RDR2 because GTA 5. See what I'm getting at here?

Never gonna say TLoU is trash, it isn't. It is just SEVERELY overhyped and overrated due to it's developers pedigree and prior accomplishments. But I, along with many others, are just going "meh, I'll play it eventually on sale". But I don't care if others are excited for it, good on them.

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Bignoli

@nikolistary: So uncharted players got hooked into uncharted due to the fanatism on Crash Bandicoot? Or Jak games? mmmmm I am not buying your theory or finding any sense.

I played Anthem without ever getting into Andromeda or the other game you mentioned.

I believe the only games that apply to your theory is all the NBA or FIFA games. Just maybe though.

I don´t know Rick, seems fake.

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Sepewrath

@nikolistary: If your so against the themes and content of the game, why are you willing to pay any price for it?

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ComeGetYerMilk

@nikolistary: The Last of Us is my favorite game of all time, period. I never played an Uncharted game before playing TLOU, period. I have never played a campaign so many times and it’s the first game I ever platinumed, period. To each his own, period. You assume too much, period.

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Cherub1000

@nikolistary: fair statement. I really enjoyed my first playthrough and I couldn't wait to go back in and hit it again, however, after trying about 5 times I just had very little interest. Ot was quite similar with Uncharted actually? Both fantastic games but they had next to no replay value for me? Oh well, rant over.

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Bread_or_Decide

@nikolistary: agreed. It has a story that only gamers would think was original or interesting. The gameplay is a mess. Every mechanic feels unrefined and messy, especially the stealth kills. I stealthed two whole areas only to discover the game wont let me move on unless everyone was killed. Don’t get me started on the constant plank sections with Eie. So amazing and memorable...

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NTM23

@nikolistary: Not really, though it obviously helped them. When I saw The Last of Us for the first time, I thought 'I'm sure it'll be good, but I kind of just want more Uncharted, and eh, more zombies? Yaaaay.' Then, when I finally played it two months after its release, it turned out to be so much better than any Uncharted game in my opinion. I've played many, many games through the years, and to be honest, I find it hard to point to any one game to this day that beats it in my opinion.

I think the story is much better than your average TV show, and most zombie/post-apocalyptic movie stories. While I love the characters in it, it's in large part the relatable setting and just plausible aspects it has that made me love it. I also think the brutal melee and shooting combat blended with stealth is exceptional. The importance of the 20-year jump in the beginning is also something the permeates my imagination. I'm not a Naughty Dog fanboy, I love all kinds of games from different developers, but The Last of Us stands atop many, if not all games in my opinion as it does just about everything right for what I want in an experience (albeit, a dour one).

The Last of Us is a game, six years later, that I still love like I did the first time I played through it and one I still play. I've gone through it about eight times, several on PS3, several on the Remaster and not yet, but at least once more on the PS4 Pro in 4k. That said, your view on it isn't entirely unique; many people take issue with the gameplay or say the story is more zombie unoriginality. Usually, I can say 'I see where you're coming from' but with this, it's something I don't really understand entirely, but it is what it is. I think if you understand how it all works, and how much depth is in the story, it's impressive.

I find it hard to say The Last of Us is my favorite game, but if I think about it, it's the one that keeps coming back to me.

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Sepewrath

@NTM23: The games character work is top notch, some of the best ever. Its gameplay however was pretty bare bones, it was just enough to be fun IMO. Its definitely not in the greatest games of all time for me because of that.

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NTM23

@Sepewrath: Well, I guess it'd be bare bones depending on what you want in games (I mean, it's not Skyrim, The Witcher 3 or RDR2) and doesn't have a whole lot of variety since you're not necessarily doing any sort of challenging puzzle work, but to me what's there is fantastic. I feel it's incredibly immersive. I wouldn't personally call it 'bare bones'. It's one of the few games that has a very small number of issues I have with it and all negligible. One issue is that your friendly A.I. can get in your way.

It actually rarely happened, but the last time I played Ellie got in my way of getting up on an enemy to kill and it made him see me and kill me. Another one is that enemy A.I. cannot see your flashlight. I think the A.I. is really good, but considering they can't see your flashlight kind of ruins some of the immersion. Another, and probably the smallest of issues, is that enemy A.I. can't see your friendly NPC's so they'll be crouch-walking around enemies like they're ghosts. It makes sense though since if enemies could see them, it'd become frustrating fast when you're being sneaky.

I also want to be clear, I've played and watched many zombie/post-apocalyptic stories (to be honest, not so much read though) and The Last of Us is still my favorite I'd say because of the way it's executed. It's also a game that allows me to use my imagination to fill in blanks whether that be about the setting or backstory for characters and I love when a game makes me want to do that. Sorry to go on about it. I really like The Last of Us, ha ha.

Trying my best not to seem like I'm irrational about it. It's a special game in that, at least for me, there are so many high-quality aspects to it with so little getting in the way of it which I can't say the same for most other games. The highs are just better than most in my opinion.

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Spartan_418

>rumored to release in February this year

>this year

lmao classic Eddie

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Mattock1987

He could give us a rough idea and not be a dick about it.

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Simulator_Shock

I was totally psyched when they first announced this game a few years back since I really loved the first game, but I will not preorder this because of all the SJW BS that Druckman is shoehorning into everything, so I'll just buy a used copy so that soyboy Neil doesn't get my money.

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FernandoDANTE

@Simulator_Shock: watch out, MAGA here!

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Klop_Job

Meh, stop announcing games years before they're ever going to come out if you don't want people to be so incessant about getting some release date info. It's long overdue now. Announce the release date at long last.

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Spartan_418

@Klop_Job: tbh Sony has hurt themselves by letting it take this long. If Part II had released in 2018 or 2019 then I probably would have upgraded and bought a PS4 Pro for it, but at this point everyone should just skip the Pro and wait for the next-gen version.

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analgrin

@Spartan_418: So Sony should force them to finish it early?? That's exactly what's wrong with the gaming industry. Developers forced to stick to deadlines, releasing unfinished buggy product. ND can take as long as they want. It sucks waiting but you just need to learn to be patient.

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siarhei

That Drunkman guy should not joke about things like that.

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FanboyMan

Man this game is never coming out....

When’s the release date? SH**!

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gamingdevil800

@fanboyman: It was leaked to be February 2020 awhile back.

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gzaface

I was interested in this game until i knew it was consulted with Anita S. that person is a rotten fruit and everything she touches get contaminated.

There's a psychological concept called "Psychological projection" that explain how racist, sexist and full of bullshit she is.

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siarhei

@gzaface: wait is that for real? Eww...

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Gamerforlife96

@gzaface: yeah BC Neil druckmann is a close friend to Anita

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Huglyone

Can you please stop asking the dam Relesase date so we can have the game as fast as possible !!!!!

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