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The Last of Us 2 is almost here! For Naughty Dog fans or those of the TLOU franchise, the painful wait for a sequel is almost over. After countless delays, the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, and some high-impact leaks that revealed certain aspects of its largely undisclosed story, The Last of Us 2’s release has been a rocky road.
But finally, we may have some light at the end of the tunnel. Thank goodness.
It is somewhat understandable. At least given the fact that logistics concerning the distribution of physical copies during a viral crisis could cause a problem. What with so much global uncertainty. But also, the threat of a continually evolving situation to deal with on a day-by-day basis.
It is, after all, a tricky climate to tackle.
But could there be a cause for celebration? Well, according to the game’s creative director Neil Druckmann, who recently spoke via a video message, the Last of Us 2 has, in his words, “gone gold.” So fantastic news, on that front.
Going gold essentially means that the design elements of the game are complete. And that the process of physical disc production can begin. It is also likely that digital copies will see similar treatment. So, expect pre-order notifications sometime soon.
“We wanted to let you know that we have gone gold. So back in April, we told you that due to the state of the world, logistics way beyond our control, we had to push the game, which gave us a few extra weeks to polish and now that we have a release date we submitted our gold master.”
As stated above, logistics have seemingly proven the toughest obstacle. But that time dedicated time to adding layers of further polish could also prove pivotal to the success of The Last of Us 2. Essentially, issuing the gold standard makes it launch worthy. It has now got the green light. Great news!
Overall, despite everything that has happened, the game’s gold status is sure to alleviate the concerns of fans worldwide. Additionally, the welcome announcement of a solid release date unveiled by Hermen Hulst, Head of Worldwide Studios, SIE via PlayStation Blog Release, is sure to lower fan’s soaring temperatures.
The Last of Us 2 will hit shelves on June 19. Following that is Sony’s other high-profile IP Ghosts of Tsushima, on July 17.
Furthermore, another promotional trailer for the game will land on May 6. Yes, an all-new reveal for The Last of Us 2 is on its way.
Announced on Twitter, the trailer is forecast to arrive at 7 am Pacific / 10 am Eastern / 3 pm UK times across the globe.
05.06.20. 7:00 am PT. pic.twitter.com/zSrS3SOZ6U
— Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog) May 5, 2020
The trailer does not reveal any stark revelations about the game. But remember to pay attention to the audio. Besides, any more spoilers could pose a problem. But we will see.
In conclusion, The Last of Us 2 has had a turbulent time of late. With numerous delays, unwanted leaks, and the virile plague of uncertainty to contend with, it’s any wonder Naughty Dog has tabled a concrete release window at all. Thankfully though, that is now cast in stone.
With everything happening right now, let us hope the unprecedented hype surrounding this game lives up to expectation. Yes, leakers may have exposed some sensitive story information. But knowing any of that does not discount or discredit playing the game through to completion.
The incredible work and dedication that has occurred during development deserve our attention. Right now, I am doing my utmost to avoid any ultra-revealing exposures. In my line of work, though, that is sadly, yet seemingly impossible.
Regardless, I hope the Last of Us 2 manages to tie up those niggling loose ends. The ones we have been craving for what appears like an eternity. Whatever direction the story swings, I am expecting a rollercoaster ride of emotion, much like its rocky release.
As always, we look forward to finding out your thoughts on The Last of Us 2.