If, like me, you’re wondering when you’ll get to play The Last of Us Part 2, we may have finally, by way of a star’s slip-up, learned its release date.
As part of her role in the hit Dungeons & Dragons web series Critical Role, Ashley Johnson, the voice of Ellie in The Last of Us, briefly discussed the upcoming game with host Brian W. Foster. When asking about its release date, she can be heard starting to say “February” before stopping short.
On a similar note, Kotaku’s Jason Schreier tweeted last month about a rumor involving The Last of Us Part 2, specifically that it had been delayed from a 2019 release to “early 2020”.
Although I’m in no position to comment on the rumor Jason Schreier is discussing, I get the impression that Ashley Johnson’s comment about the release date was intended to be a joke. The man interviewing her is, after all, her fiance, and they’ve almost certainly had a similar conversation in private before. I think that it’s unlikely she’d let the official release date slip so casually, but who knows?
Regardless, an early 2020 launch feels appropriate for Naughty Dog’s newest title, especially with Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding now hogging the late-2019 spotlight for PlayStation exclusives. Like its predecessor, The Last of Us Part 2 looks perfectly and intentionally positioned to give its console an excellent send-off.