The Last of Us Part II Removed from PlayStation Store After Delay [UPDATE]
To seemingly prevent additional pre-orders, The Last of Us Part II has seemingly been wiped from the PlayStation Store for now.
UPDATE: Turns out, Sony didn’t just pull down the store page for The Last of Us Part II altogether, they’re also giving those who already pre-ordered the game refunds. If you’ve already purchased the title digitally, PlayStation should be sending you an email that informs you that your pre-order has been canceled. The money you then spent pre-ordering The Last of Us Part II should then automatically be sent back to you or be added as a credit to your PlayStation account.
It seems that without a specific date to release on, Sony isn’t allowing pre-orders for Naughty Dog’s highly-anticipated release of The Last of Us Part II any longer.
In the fallout of the game’s delay just last week, Sony has now removed The Last of Us Part II from the official PlayStation Store. If you end up searching for the title, the only results you’ll get are ones associated with the first entry in the series or its remastered counterpart that later came to PS4.
This is a bit strange to see at first, but it does make some sense once you think about it. As mentioned, because The Last of Us Part II has been delayed indefinitely, there is no knowledge whatsoever about when we may actually see it come to PS4. As such, Sony likely doesn’t want fans to purchase or pre-order a digital product that doesn’t have a committed release date at this point. Rather than shutting off pre-orders altogether, though, it was likely easier to just pull the product listing down from the store for now.
Rest assured, though, that if you’ve already pre-ordered The Last of Us Part II digitally, you’ll still get it once the game ends up arriving. In time, Sony and Naughty Dog will push the official page for the game live once again, but just when that might happen isn’t known. Whenever it does pop back up though, pre-orders will surely become available once again, too.
As for when The Last of Us Part II could feasibly be released now, well, it’s hard to say. Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann did recently state that work on the project is nearly wrapped at this point and that the real issue with releasing the title comes about with retail, manufacturing, and shipping logistics which have become an issue in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While some have implored Naughty Dog and Sony to just release the game digitally, Druckmann stated that while no decision has been made yet, they want to do right by all of their fans around the world and that other logistics need to be considered.
Even if The Last of Us Part II doesn’t end up releasing until a few months after its previously-planned May 29 release date, at least we did recently get some new screenshots from the game to hold us over.
We’ll keep you updated on everything happening with TLOU2‘s release plans moving forward. Whenever it does end up launching, it’s set to arrive exclusively on PS4.