If you were looking forward to The Last of Us, then we have a bit of unfortunate news. Naughty Dog creative director Nei Druckmann today announced that their ambitious PS3 exclusive will be pushed back to June 14, missing its original March release date.
The new summer date will afford Naughty Dog more time to work on their new IP. Druckmann notes that the studio just doesn't want to have to cut corners just to make the date, so the delay is necessary.
In a post on the official PlayStation Blog, he writes:
As we entered the final phase of development for The Last of Us, we came to realize just how massive Joel and Ellie’s journey is. But instead of cutting corners or compromising our vision, we came to the tough decision that the game deserved a few extra weeks to ensure every detail of The Last of Us was up to Naughty Dog’s internal high standards.
As a team we pride ourselves on setting a very high quality bar for every aspect of our games – gameplay, story, art, design, technology and more. We want to make sure The Last of Us raises that bar even further – for ourselves, and most importantly, for you, our fans.
The extra wait will be very short and your patience will be rewarded.
Druckmann assures that in the mean time, the team will be working "extremely hard" to meet all of their fans' expectations.