For months, rumors have swirled about The Last of Us 2's release date. Since we know that Sony is winding down support for the PS4 in anticipation of the PlayStation 5's likely launch in 2020, it seems as though the release window for the game is getting narrower, which has helped fuel release date speculation. We still don't have an official release date announcement from Naughty Dog or Sony, but there is yet another rumor to take into account, and it offers a different date than most other rumors.
This rumor comes from 4chan, so those looking forward to The Last of Us 2 should take it with a massive grain of salt. However, there have been some legitimate video game leaks from the controversial forum in the past, and so it can't be ignored completely. According to 4chan poster cyhol, The Last of Us 2 will launch on May 22, 2020, delayed from an originally-planned release date of February 2020.
Until now, most of the rumors have pegged The Last of Us 2 for a February 2020 release date. The most compelling evidence of a February 2020 release date for The Last of Us 2 was when Ellie's voice actress Ashley Johnson seemed to let it slip in an interview, but she later clarified that as a joke. Even so, most of the rumors, from various sources, have still pointed to February 2020 for The Last of Us 2's release date, which makes the May 22, 2020 release date claimed in the post a little surprising.
Apparently, the reason why the release date for The Last of Us 2 has been pushed from February 2020 to May 22, 2020 is so that Naughty Dog can better polish the game. Sony reportedly wants to be careful about announcing the game's release date before it's set in stone as to avoid any potential financial consequences if it had to be delayed, which is why it is erring on the side of caution.
The poster didn't provide any evidence for their claims, but they said that the information comes from a meeting between PlayStation's marketing executives.
There have been so many rumors and supposed "leaks" about The Last of Us 2's release date that it's practically a meme at this point. However, with the PS5 likely launching in the holiday season of 2020, The Last of Us 2 should launch some time next year - whether that's early 2020, May 22, or even fall 2020 (to serve as a cross-gen PS5 launch title) remains to be seen.
The Last of Us 2 is in development for the PS4.