It's been a rough week for those awaiting The Last of Us Part II. A delay for the game was recently announced by Sony, and while fans have grown accustomed to delays, this one comes as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic. The game is now on indefinite hiatus, alongside Marvel's Iron Man VR. Director Neil Druckmann has not officially closed the door on an early digital release for the title, but has cited concerns over internet infrastructure around the world as one potential hurdle. Across social media, however, fans have been clamoring for Sony and Naughty Dog to make the game digitally available on or near its most recent release date.
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Keep reading to find out what fans think about an early digital release for The Last of Us Part II!
Sony is likely concerned with people cancelling their retail pre-orders.
If they decided to release The Last of Us Part II on digital May 29th I would literally buy a digital copy and still keep my preorder for the collector’s edition whenever this pandemic is over— Jada 🦇 (@jada_guerrette) April 6, 2020
Of course, the optics could be a concern, as well.
@Naughty_Dog @Neil_Druckmann @Sony I really don’t understand the logistics argument. Simply release The Last of US Part II as a digital only release then physical copies at a later date. This is clearly a PR move of releasing a pandemic game in a pandemic.— Kenneth (@TexasSports1015) April 4, 2020
This could be one possible solution!
They should give everyone who preordered physical copies a codes for digital copy which would be a temporary solution until we get our physical copies when this situation gets better and we get our copies.Also by doing this to disable cancellation for preorders. It’d be a win-win— The Last of Us Part II HYPE (@_TLoUPartII) April 4, 2020
Some are seeing this as an argument against physical media.
The Last of Us Part II and Iron Man VR's delays are the best example of why physical media should be dead. Digital 4eva!
Also, more importantly to humanity, they are, as Neil Druckmann said, also a great reason to stay home. Stay home. Kick COVID-19's ass.— Grant Parker (@GrantPDesign) April 3, 2020
But, the situation is bringing some physical and digital collectors together!
Take all the time you need, but know that everyone wants it digital, even the physical guys. So if thats the thing that holds you guys back from releasing it digitally, dont worry :)— JJ (@JJ15362413) April 6, 2020
Fans want something to keep them busy in-doors.
I’m actually not mad about the delay. I understand why the decision was made. However, I do think Sony should consider the digital release because it’s something we can all get used to right now, not to mention we’ll have something new to play for the summer.— John Martinez (@JohnMartinez216) April 6, 2020
That would be a pretty steep price!
Please put the game on digital in may.. You can increase the price by 100% I don't care. I will buy it anyways. And trust me, you will make so much money even if you only release it digitally.— Staticz (@StaticzDK) April 6, 2020
And.... You can also do a re-release with the PS5, don't care I'm gonna buy that too.
However, some gamers agree with Druckmann's digital concerns.
If you release the game only digitally for now I will not take it, because I don't have the right equipment to download it. And like me, so many other people -- almost the majority. Then people would make spoilers, so try to avoid doing it.— The Last Of Fan (@thelastoffan0) April 6, 2020
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