Naughty Dog today revealed that its highly anticipated PlayStation 3 exclusive The Last of Us has been delayed. The release date for the title was originally May 7, but has been pushed back more than a month to June 14.
The delay was announced by Neil Druckmann, lead game designer at Naughty Dog, through a post to the PlayStation Blog. Druckmann stated that the game needs a “few extra weeks” of polishing. From the blog post:
The Last of Us is an ambitious project. In many ways it may be Naughty Dog’s most ambitious project to date – brand new universe and cast of characters, brand new tech, brand new genre, not to mention it’s easily the longest campaign Naughty Dog has ever made.
As we entered the final phase of development for The Last of Us, we came to realize just how massive Joel and Ellie’s journey is. But instead of cutting corners or compromising our vision, we came to the tough decision that the game deserved a few extra weeks to ensure every detail of The Last of Us was up to Naughty Dog’s internal high standards.
Though game delays are always frustrating news for fans who can’t wait to get their hands on a title, The Last of Us fans can take solace in the fact that they aren’t being toyed with the way Rayman fans are. Gamers who are fans of both Naughty Dog and Rayman can feel free to vent their frustrations in the comment section below.