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The Last of Us 2 launches early in June as Sony combats leaks

Sony is launching The Last of Us 2 in June in an effort to combat recent leaks.

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Published Mon, Apr 27 2020 11:14 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:44 AM CST

UPDATE: Naughty Dog has officially commented on the Last of Us 2 leaks:

The Last of Us 2's main story beats have been leaked out, and Sony is responding in the best way: By releasing the game early.

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The Last of Us 2 will now release on June 19, 2020 on PlayStation 4, Sony today confirmed. The accelerated timeline comes weeks after Sony and Naughty Dog delayed the sequel indefinitely due to shipping issues. The game is basically finished, Naughty Dog said in the previous announcement, so an accelerated release makes sense (reports say Sony wanted to wait until Fall or thereabouts when COVID-19 is expected to fade and retailers open back up). Whether or not Sony will forego possible physical retail sales due to COVID-19 limitations remains to be seen, but the games-maker will assuredly sell millions of digital sales.

This move is a direct response to the massive TLOU2 leaks that recently broke out. Neither Sony nor Naughty Dog have officially acknowledged the leaks, but today's announcement is among the best ways to push back against the story spoilers.

It's also interesting to note that Sony originally forecast game delays due to coronavirus. Sony corporate warned investors of possible first-party AAA game delays, and we have to wonder just how much the leaks affected the company's decision to release The Last of Us 2 in June.

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Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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