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26th Oct 2019

Two of 2020’s biggest, most-anticipated games have been delayed

Rory Cashin

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So now we play the waiting game.

Early 2020 looked like it was going to be a great time to be a gamer, with two of the biggest games not just of the year, but of the last few years, both being released within a few weeks of each other.

We had previously reported that The Last Of Us Part II could be played from Friday 21 February, while Watchdogs: Legion was set to be released on Friday 6 March.

However, the developers behind both games have stated that both of the release dates have been pushed back.

First up, The Last Of Us Part II director Neil Druckmann took to the PlayStation blog to make the following announcement:

“During the last few weeks, as we were closing out sections of the game, that we realized we simply didn’t have enough time to bring the entire game up to a level of polish we would call Naughty Dog quality. At this point we were faced with two options: compromise parts of the game or get more time. We went with the latter, and this new release date allows us to finish everything to our level of satisfaction while also reducing stress on the team.

“While we’re relieved that we won’t have to compromise our vision, we’re disappointed that we weren’t able to avoid this exact situation. We wish we could’ve foreseen the amount of polish we needed, but the size and scope of this game got the better of us. We hate disappointing our fans and for that we’re sorry.

“We hope you understand that this additional time ensures that The Last of Us Part II lives up to our collective ambition as well as our commitment to the highest level of quality.”

The Last Of Us Part II is now set for release on Friday 29 May.

And then we’ve got Watchdogs: Legion, which Ubisoft have pushed back into their next fiscal year, which begins 1 April 2020 and ends on 31 March 2021, but an exact new release date has not been announced.

According to MarketScreener, Watchdogs: Legion is just one of five AAA games on the Ubisoft slate for that time period, alongside confirmed released Rainbow Six: Quarantine and Gods & Monsters, as well as the unconfirmed but highly likely releases Skull & Bones and the currently-untitled Vikings-era Assassin’s Creed.