The Last of Us: Part 2 is one of the most highly anticipated games at E3 2018. Not only are fans of the Naughty Dog franchise eager to see more gameplay and learn more about its grim setting, but they are also chomping at the bit to know when the game will be out and are hoping that a formal announcement will come during the event. Fans have been repeatedly asking Naughty Dog to reveal The Last of Us: Part 2's release date, but the developer has yet to oblige.
But as Naughty Dog and publisher Sony play their cards close to their chests, fans are now discussing whether The Last of Us: Part 2's release date may have leaked regardless thanks to two Australian retailers. Retailers Harvey Norman and EB Games have both updated their listings for the game to say that it will become available in 2018. While the former displays a "coming in 2018!" message on its product page, EB Games simply says that the PS4 exclusive is "TBC 2018."
These online listings are not the first time that there has been speculation that the game will launch this year and so it's not hard to see why so many fans are excited. A social media posting from an official PlayStation account earlier this year suggested that both The Last of Us 2 and Ghost of Tsushima would be out before the year is done. Although many fans recognized that the post may have been a slip of the tongue, that didn't stop plenty from being convinced.
Despite fans' understandable interest, though, it is important to take the EB Games and Harvey Norman listings with a grain of salt. While retailers are often privy to release date information prior to the official announcement and many leaks often do come by way of sellers, since it didn't come from Naughty Dog or Sony, fans should remain skeptical. As has been seen in the past, the release date notices may well be the work of enthusiastic employees who have heard the same rumors that everyone else has.
Also throwing water onto the fire is the fact that just a few weeks ago, Naughty Dog appeared to confirm that The Last of Us: Part 2 will be released after Days Gone. The Days Gone release date has just been announced and that game will be out early next year. So unless someone at Naughty Dog got their wires crossed, it means that The Last of Us 2 won't be released on PS4 until March 2019 at the very earliest and those retail listings are way off.
The Last of Us: Part 2 is currently in development for PS4. A release date has not yet officially been announced.
Source: The Nerd Mag