• "Ghost of Tsushima" has been delayed to July 17
  • The delay was caused by the re-scheduling of "The Last of Us Part 2" to June 19 
  • Sucker Punch Productions said they will use the extra time to apply the finishing touches and fix the remaining bugs in "Ghost of Tsushima"

“The Last of Us Part 2” will now be released on June 19, but it came with a cost.

In an announcement on the PlayStation Blog, Sony Interactive Entertainment Head of Worldwide Studio Hermen Hulst confirmed that the Naughty Dog game has been given a new release date. As a result, however, another major PlayStation 4-exclusive in “Ghost of Tsushima” has been delayed.

“Ghost of Tsushima” was originally scheduled to be released on June 26, but because of the delay and new launch date of “The Last of Us Part 2” due to the coronavirus pandemic, it has been rescheduled to July 17.

While it may sound confusing for some why the two games have to be separated that far considering they don’t have the same developer, it is worth noting that releasing them a month apart will prevent the two titles from competing against each other.

Both games are PS4-exclusive, and if there’s no ample space between the releases, players may have to choose just one between the two. It will also allow players to enjoy one game before moving to the other.

On the other hand, in response to the delay, Sucker Punch Productions noted that they will use the extra time they got to apply the finishing touches and fix the bugs remaining in their samurai game.

“As you may have seen, Ghost of Tsushima is moving out just a few weeks to July 17. There have certainly been challenges in adapting to game development in a Work From Home environment, but thanks to an incredible effort by our worldwide team, Ghost is nearly ready for release,” Sucker Punch wrote in their tweet.

The US-based game studio also vowed to provide details about the “Ghost of Tsushima” gameplay once it is ready.

“Ghost of Tsushima” is an open-world action-adventure game that will allow players to fight using katanas, ride horses and explore feudal Japan in the late 13th century. Interestingly though, as described on its website, players “must move beyond samurai traditions to forge a new way of fighting” – which is the way of the ghost or being in stealth.

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