In case you hadn’t heard the unfortunate news, Naughty Dog has confirmed that The Last of Us Part II is being delayed “indefinitely”.
Naturally, this comes as a result of the recent Covid-19 outbreak, Sony stating that the current pandemic is “preventing us from providing the launch experience our players deserve”. They also announced that Iron Man VR is being pushed back, too.
To help the bad news go down a little easier, there’s a new batch of The Last of Us Part II screenshots for fans to longingly oggle while in lockdown. Needless to say, if you’re looking to avoid any spoilers whatsoever, don’t click on the gallery below.
So, what’s being shown in these new images? It almost looks as though these were meant to accompany a new trailer for the game as there’s a specific focus on Joel and Ellie.
We only saw a glimpse of them together in a previous trailer, confirming that Joel is alive and well and not just some kind of spectre as some fans had speculated.
We see the pair of them on the outskirts of the Jackson survivor’s camp, Joel with a guitar slung over his shoulder. We also get another shot of him playing – presumably teaching Ellie the chords to Wonderwall.
There’s another image of Ellie and Dina, as well as one depicting an emotional exchange between her and Joel. It’s hard to decipher what’s actually happening or the exact chronology though we do know that The Last of Us Part II will be split into four acts. One for each season, like the original.
For now, we have no updates on when to expect the sequel’s release date. With Ghost of Tsushima due out on June 26th, Sony will want to avoid pitting its two last major PS4 exclusives against one another. If we had to guess, we’d point to mid-July. It’s a quiet spot that leaves plenty of space between then and the launch of the PlayStation 5.