A gaming store from Slovakia may have leaked the potential release date for The Last of Us Part II.
The PlayStation exclusive has been the cause of impatience among fans for years, but there's now hope that the game could become available some months down the line. Sony Entertainment has been scoring major points with its exclusives as of late and, with award-winning studio Naughty Dog taking charge of this project, it's no wonder The Last of Us Part II is one of the most highly anticipated games in the works.
According to Comicbook.com, Slovakian online gaming outlet ProGamingShop has listed the game for a September 27 release. This doesn't seem far fetched at all, considering that September 27 falls on a Friday and is smack in the center of a fall gaming season. It should be noted, though, that this could simply be a placeholder date. Also, a few other sources have reported that the leaked date is actually September 28, so there seems to be a bit of confusion as it relates.
It should also be noted that ProGamingShop recently "leaked" the release date of Cyberpunk 2077, claiming that the game will be launched on November 28. This one is less believable, as it falls on a Thursday and, even worse, happens to be Thanksgiving. So, it could be that the site just uses the 27th or 28th day of a random month as placeholder dates.
The 2019 release dates for both titles, at least according to ProGamingShop, does seem a bit generous. The Last of Us Part II, particularly, only just finished filming motion capture scenes recently, so it would be quite remarkable if the game were to be released this year since animators still have to animate scenes and lots of post-production work will be needed. Given that the timeline of end of the shooting of motion capture scenes is no secret, September 27 (or 28) just seems way too soon.
A 2020 launch date seems more likely, plus it has been rumored that the game will be released for both PS4 and PS5. If there's any substance to these rumors, The Last of Us Part II could drop as a PS5 title, which would mean that it might not become available until November 2020.