According to a new leak doing the rounds online, The Last of Us 2 Part 2 will not be released in 2019.
Instead, Naughty Dog will announce that the major PS4 exclusive franchise will be returning in early 2020.
That’s according to new reports this week that cites an unusual source for the new PlayStation information.
Ashley Johnson, who plays Ellie in The Last of Us Part 2, appears to let slip that the big PS4 release date has been set for February.
When asked the question on the launch date for the game, Johnson appears to start saying the word February but is interrupted by the host.
This could, of course, be a little fun the show is having with PS4 gamers, as this hint is never really touched upon again.
Barring the slip during the interview with Brian W. Foster of Critical Role, this isn’t the first hint we have heard about having to wait until 2020 to play The Last of Us 2.
Kotaku’s Jason Schreier shared a similar update on the project via Twitter, telling his followers: “Looks like Death Stranding is about to get announced for a November release.
“The Last of Us 2 was also planned for fall 2019 but I actually just heard it got bumped to early 2020, possibly February? Either way, wild final year for PS4.”
The idea that The Last of Us Part 2 may have been delayed somewhat fits in with an earlier narrative that the game would be launching in Autumn 2019.
We now know that Death Stranding is secure in its November release slot, meaning the TLOU sequel would need to drop around September.
And it would make for a stunning send-off for the PS4 when you take into account the other games coming soon.
Death Stranding will be a massive release, followed by The Last of Us 2 and then followed again by Final Fantasy 7 Remake in March.
Ghost of Tsushima is another big game that is expected to land before the launch of the PS5, which is expected late in 2020.
The Last of Us Part 2 sees a 19-year-old Ellie embark on what Sony describes as a “brutal journey of retribution”.
“From the way Ellie plays to the way she navigates through this hostile world, you’re going to feel her physical, emotional, and mental state expressed through every facet of gameplay,” reads a Sony blog post.
“We’ve completely overhauled our engine, developed new combat mechanics, created a new analog stealth system, and revamped our animation system to fully express Ellie’s desperation, resourcefulness, and unique agility.”
While very little has been seen of the game in action, The Last of Us 2 is said to feature broader and more complex environments for players to explore.
Nothing new was shared during E3 2019 on the big Naughty Dog project, due to Sony deciding to skip the LA expo.
But we do know that the studio is hiring staff to put the finishing touches on the game, including a level/environment designer, a writer, a level lighting artist and a UI scripter.
It will be up to Sony when to reveal the official release date for The Last of Us 2, which could happen any day now, via a new State of Play live stream event.