Despite the delays and an unfortunate leak of some major story details, Naughty Dog‘s narrative-driven epic sequel, The Last of Us Part II, will finally releases this June 19. Ahead of the launch, Creative Director Neil Druckmann has announced that the game has officially gone gold.
That status essentially means that discs can now be pressed for physical release, and digital release is being prepared for as well. In normal circumstances, these announcements would be followed by celebrations with the teams involved. However, with the COVID-19/coronavirus situation, that is impossible.
However, that does not take away from the monumental milestone for The Last of Us Part II.
“We wanted to let you know that we have gone gold. So back in April, we told you that due to the state of the world, logistics way beyond our control, we had to push the game, which gave us a few extra weeks to polish and now that we have a release date we submitted our gold master,” Druckmann said.
“And you’re going to have our game in just a few short weeks. Normally this would be a moment of celebration. We’d be at the office having a drink, eating cake. But we’re all stuck in our homes and I want to take this moment to congratulate the team that has pulled off the most ambitious game we’ve ever made.”
Even though the leaks may have affected the experience of some fans, Druckmann reiterated that it is nothing compared to playing the game in full.
I know I’ve said this before, but you won’t know to what degree until you get your hands on it and just see the care, the care that has gone into every detail, from the level design, the mechanics, just graphically how the game looks, the environments, art direction, characters, story, the audio design, the soundtrack, oh my god the soundtrack is so amazing. Even for us, who have played this game, we can’t even count how many times, we know it inside out, we’re still emotionally moved]. I just finished a playthrough and I was crying by the end of it. And it’s just pretty incredible, and I’m extremely proud of it, the team is extremely proud of it, and we can’t wait to hear what you guys think.
On behalf of Naughty Dog, thank you to you guys. You’ve been very patient waiting for this game for years with us, and you’re just a few weeks away from getting it. A lot of you have sent us sweet and encouraging messages along that time that have been really helpful. No matter what you’ve seen or heard or read, nothing compares to playing this game from beginning to end. It’s a video game, you’ve got to play it. I hope you guys are doing well. Stay safe, take care of your loved ones, and we’ll have a lot more for you soon.
It has been a long time coming, but we only have one month or so to wait. Here’s hoping The Last of Us Part II lives up to its billing when it launches on June 19.