Sony Sent The Last of Us: Part II Review Copies to Select Video Games New Outlets

The Last of Us: Part II is one of the most anticipated titles of this generation, as millions of people await the release. Naughty Dog impressed critics and reviewers alike when the first game arrived on the market, as it offered an interesting story, fun gameplay experience, and impressive graphics that made it a hit.

Some have complained that the studio spent two times on the development of the sequel. Still, the expectations associated with the title are quite large, and, likely, Naughty Dog didn’t want to disappoint fans by delivering a product that wasn’t up to the expectations.

Review copies are out

Naughty Dog has faced some backlash in recent years after several plot elements have been revealed by a massive leak. The data was leaked by hackers who exploited a vulnerability to get access to Naughty Dog’s servers.

However, the studio appears to be quite confident in the game as it has already sent review copies to several video game news outlets, and many of them have also announced when the reviews will be available.

Most publishers tend to lift the review embargo on the game when the game hits the market, but Naughty Dog will allow outlets to publish the reviews almost a week before the release date of June 19, 2020.

Development troubles

After years of anticipation, the game was announced for the first time during the PSX 2016 event. Sony shared some material and a gameplay demo at E3 2018. A period of radio silence lasted until the latter part of 2019, when it was announced that the game will be available in February 2020.

This wasn’t the case as the release date was pushed back to May 2020, and then delayed again to June 19, 2020. Naughty Dog has stated that this is the final release date. Some fresh leaks may surface in the following weeks, but this remains to be seen.

Willie Hahn, senior editor at The Trending Times, writes about the intersection between money and politics with a focus on lobbying and tech articles. Willie previously at the Android Authority and Vice. Willie can be reached by email.

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