No cutting corners.
Naughty Dog has confirmed that its PlayStation 3 exclusive, The Last Of Us, will be delayed until June 14th. The game was originally supposed to ship on May 7th, but the developer pushed it back so that they could ensure that the game turned out the way it was intended.
A statement from Naughty Dog Creative Director Neil Druckmann read:
“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, our fans. 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.”
It’s always disappointing when a game is delayed, but if it means that the game comes out as intended and with the right amount of polish the fans won’t mind at all. The Last of Us will be released on June 14th.