Following the indefinite delay of The Last of Us Part 2, Sony has announced an updated release schedule for this summer's big PlayStation launches. The Last of Us Part 2 will now launch on June 19, with the previously scheduled Ghost of Tsushima following one month later on July 17.
In a blog post today, Sony Interactive Entertainment Head of Worldwide Studios Hermen Hulst announced the new schedule. Though development milestones were affected by on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, both PlayStation blockbusters are now set for new dates this summer.
The Last of Us Part 2 had been delayed twice in the past; once to a May date for extra polish, and again earlier this month due to logistical issues surrounding the ongoing global health crisis. Despite these delays, it seems like The Last of Us Part 2 was nearing completion for its intended date; Naughty Dog's Neil Druckmann recently assured that it was at the "one-yard line."
Ghost of Tsushima, meanwhile, only just just recently set a date for launch. Originally intended for June 26, Sucker Punch Productions' latest is now set for July. While we've seen less of this game, the backed-up date gives an extra month for Sony to show off some more of what's in store for the stylish samurai game.
The announcement comes in the wake of leaks purportedly showing major story beats of The Last of Us Part 2. We won't spoil anything here, but suffice to say, it's probably a good idea to add a few keywords to your Twitter mute list if you'd like to go in fresh on June 19.