Pre-Order If You Want to Play ASAP
If you want to play The Last of Us Part 2 the second its released, you'll want to pre-order a copy.
If you pre-order a digital copy of the game you should be able to pre-load it onto your PlayStation 4 ahead of the release date.
Pre-loading the game will allow you to jump right in when the game goes live at 12AM Eastern on May 29th.
If you pre-order a physical copy of the game you won't get your delivery until the morning, afternoon, or night of the release date.
That is unless you head into a retail store like GameStop or Best Buy the night of May 28th.