Why Sony Delayed The Last of Us 2 - The Co-op Podcast 302

Gary Swaby of The Koalition writes: On this week’s episode of The Co-op Podcast, we discuss the recent delay of Sony’s The Last of Us Part II for the PlayStation 4. The game was delayed indefinitely, but what does this mean for fans? We cover all angles.

Also discussed:
– Phil Spencer IGN Unlocked interview thoughts
– Supporter question: Why is an 8 or an 80 review score seen as bad?
– Resident Evil 3 Remake Impressions
– E3 returns in 2021, but do we want it to?
– Someone has something bad to say about Animal Crossing

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rbailey653d ago

Very much looking forward to learning more about the Xbox Series X launch in the future. Also, would love to see The Last of Us Part II launch on both PS4 and PS5 later this year.

SwiffEpics653d ago

I guess with everything going on, it makes sense to delay that game.

timotim653d ago

Actually no, it doesn't. Gaming is up big time right now for that exact reason...everything thats going on. People are in the house and needing ways to keep entertained. Yes, games are being delayed...but those are games that have yet to be finished because devs are still working on them and this pandemic is slowing that process. However, Sony announced that the game was pretty much done and they were only delaying it for economic reasons. In that case, it makes no sense to hold it back when software, engagement and hardware are all up right now.

RazzerRedux653d ago (Edited 653d ago )

"they were only delaying it for economic reasons"

Wrong. They never said that at all. They said the reasons were due to "logistics" and they hoped the delay wouldn't be long. Phil Spencer has said this might happen with games planning to be launched with XSX. He explicitly said software development is impacted heavily with this.

If you say Sony doesn't make sense for delaying then you are saying the same to Microsoft for expecting to do the same.

CaptainHenry916653d ago (Edited 653d ago )

WRONG they never said that🤠 🤡

timotim653d ago


You might be right, IDK.

Spicyram652d ago (Edited 652d ago )

"Actually no, it doesn't"

Let me stop you right there, whatever you claim beyond that sentence (not even going to bother reading drivel), is just coming out your ass. You actually you have ZERO clue what you are talking about. Do you even have the slightest understanding on what is going on currently? Or are you just that plain delusional /in denial?

Hungryalpaca652d ago

Hey guys! Look! It’s one of those people who makes things up!

TFJWM652d ago

What are you talking about...Before they delayed it, it was all over that they were in the office working crazy hours during crunch. Offices with a lot less employees working a lot less hours are shutting down. The transition to everyone working from home is the reason for the delay...

IGiveHugs2NakedWomen651d ago

It's going to be a very difficult to "crunch" and do the things necessary to get this game imprinted on millions of Blu-ray discs and distributed to stores in a short period of time during this epidemic. Sony did the right thing in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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JEECE652d ago

If only there were some way to release a game without having to worry about the trouble of manufacturing and shipping discs. Maybe once music and movies figure out a solution to that problem, games can follow suit.

P_Bomb652d ago (Edited 652d ago )

Movies have been getting pushed back left right and center.

007: No time to die, Wonder Woman 1984, Black Widow, Top Gun etc are arguably too big budget to go straight to digital. While pushing back their dates is costing studios millions , it’s still less than they’d lose by skipping the box office.

NeoGamer232652d ago

Initial theater releases are getting pushed back because theaters are closed.

Digital releases are being moved forward to take advantage of everyone at home.

JEECE652d ago

As NeoGamer232 pointed out, I was obviously invoking a comparison to movies being released to consumers post-theater. And, as also pointed out, studios are actively taking advantage of this time by advancing digital releases, without worrying about people whining about how they need a disc so they can "own the movie."

Concerts are being pushed back too, but the point is that albums that are complete are still being released because music is no longer shackled to outdated physical media.

carcarias652d ago

Omg, stop this crazy talk!

It's like you're hoping that one day they'll be some kind of magical system where we can get our copies through pipes, wires or even radiowaves of some kind! It's like you want the games to just get sucked straight into our consoles.....absurd!

shiva1647d ago

For sure this virus will give all corporations the thought and they for sure will work on delivery of such sorts that you mentioned.

This is not the end of all viruses or pandemic's or god knows what else can happen as we age.

InklingGirl652d ago

I called this (to myself) back in September that this was going to happen, they want the game to be released on the PS5 as a launch title that will release on the PS4. This has nothing to do with COVID-19 either it's for Sony to have a major title for it's PS5 lauch.

Veneno652d ago

So you're saying that the announced day of May 29 the was pure bullish from the start? Their intended release date was always going to be sometime in October or November?

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danny818651d ago

If its a launch title for PS5 that would be huge

leejohnson222651d ago

Only supermarkets are open in the UK, at least in my city, no new shipment of games either as its not food and non essential. I hate digital and won't buy digital as it has no value for resale

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