The Last of Us 2 has a new release date. And while some of you might want to pre-order a copy of the game today, others are better off waiting.
Believe it or not it has been more than six years since Naughty Dog released the critically acclaimed The Last of Us. Fans of the series have been waiting a long time to continue Ellie and Joel’s story and they’ll finally get the chance thanks to a sequel that’s coming to the PS4.
The Last of Us 2 is a direct sequel to the first game and it’s set five years after the original. Ellie is now 19 years old while Joel, the main protagonist from the first game, is now in his 50’s.
The developer first confirmed the existence of The Last of Us 2 (stylized as The Last of Us Part II) in December, 2016. The company was relatively quiet in the first half of 2017, but it teased the game, and its gameplay, during E3 2018.
Naughty Dog initially confirmed the game’s release date for February 21st, but then pushed the release date to May 29th to add additional polish.
Weeks later, Sony and Naughty Dog confirmed an indefinite delay. At the time Sony said the global coronavirus crisis was preventing it from “providing the launch experience” its players deserve.
Well, it looks like the companies have worked out the kinks as Sony now says the game will hit the PlayStation 4 on June 19th, or, just a few weeks after the previous date.
If you’re interested in pre-ordering, there are five versions of the game (Standard, Special, Digital Deluxe, Collector’s, and Ellie) and retailers like Amazon, GameStop, and Best Buy are taking pre-orders ahead of the highly anticipated release.
Now that we know a little more about the direction of the game some of you, particularly those of you who loved the first game, might be tempted to put in a pre-order.
There are a few reasons why you might want to buy The Last of Us 2 right now, but there are also some great reasons to sit back and wait a few more weeks or even a few more months before putting in an order. We’ll take you through those here.
Pre-Order If You Loved The Last of Us
It almost goes without saying, but for those of you unfamiliar with the original game, here are a few things to know before you pre-order.
Like its predecessor, The Last of Us 2 is a third-person adventure game that's set in a post-apocalyptic world after the outbreak of the Cordyceps Brain Infection.
The Last of Us 2 is not an open-world RPG like Cyberpunk 2077 or Assassin's Creed Valhalla. That said, Naughty Dog says the game's environments are "broader, more complex, and more detailed" which means they will likely offer some open-world like elements like Uncharted 4's world, but don't pre-order this game if you're looking for a huge sandbox experience.
You'll also want to avoid this game if you hate stealth elements in games. There were a lot of stealth elements in the first game and the limited gameplay we've seen hints at more of the same.
It won't be exactly the same as the original. Naughty Dog's already confirmed a number of upgrades including a jump button, but we recommend trying the first Last of Us before you commit to buying this game to see if it's up your alley.
If you loved the setting, combat, and characters from the first game, and you've been waiting to continue Ellie and Joel's story, pre-ordering is probably a no-brainer.
This is going to be a bigger and perhaps better game with improved graphics, better AI, the ability to go prone, and expanded crafting.
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