Gaf posted the rumor that The Last of Us could possibly be pushed back until June of 2013, from its original release date planned for May 7, 2013. They linked TheSixthAxis via: VG Revolution as providing some more detailed information into the rumor.
The rumors were said to derive from Best Buy sending out an email to customers who pre-ordered the game. The email informed the purchaser that the game had been pushed back to June 18th. They pointed out that GameSpot had also listed the game for June, while other online retailers still had the May 7th release date.
When I first heard the release date, I was quite happy because it is my wedding anniversary and I knew how my husband and I would share that day. I hoped it wasn't true, but still understand why delays occur and would rather have a fine-tuned game that I have to wait a bit longer for.
The Last of Us is an ambitious project. In many ways it may be Naughty Dog’s most ambitious project to date – brand new universe and cast of characters, brand new tech, brand new genre, not to mention it’s easily the longest campaign Naughty Dog has ever made.
As we entered the final phase of development for The Last of Us, we came to realize just how massive Joel and Ellie’s journey is. But instead of cutting corners or compromising our vision, we came to the tough decision that the game deserved a few extra weeks to ensure every detail of The Last of Us was up to Naughty Dog’s internal high standards.
As a team we pride ourselves on setting a very high quality bar for every aspect of our games – gameplay, story, art, design, technology and more. We want to make sure The Last of Us raises that bar even further – for ourselves, and most importantly, for you, our fans.
The extra wait will be very short and your patience will be rewarded. Update your calendars. You won’t even have to change seasons. The Last of Us will be available June 14th, 2013. Until then, know that we will be working extremely hard to deliver an experience that matches your high expectations.
Let the rumors rest, as the new release date for The Last of Us should be noted as June 14, 2013.