A new GamesBeat event is around the corner! Learn more about what comes next. 

The Last of Us: Part II is launching for PlayStation 4 on February 21. Sony Interactive Entertainment announced The Last of Us: Part II release date as part of its State of Play video event today.

The Last of Us: Part II follows the continuing adventures and torments of Ellie, one of the heroes from the previous game. From what developer Naughty Dog has shown so far, this sequel portrays a world that is still grim and violent.

This is also likely Naughty Dog’s final original PlayStation 4 release. The studio previously released some remasters of older games as well as Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. But now it is getting a chance to help close out the PS4 as Sony prepares its transition to the next PlayStation console.

The jump to next-gen is also likely one of the reasons that Sony and Naughty Dog are pushing the game out in late winter. Sony’s fiscal year ends March 31, and a massive blockbuster in February can give a huge boost to the company’s annual earnings report — especially if the PlayStation 5 launches in fall 2020 and provides a boost of its own.


Three top investment pros open up about what it takes to get your video game funded.

Sony also really likes pushing out big-name games earlier in the calendar. God of War launched in April 2018, and it finished as the No. 8 best-selling game that year, according to The NPD Group.


GamesBeat's creed when covering the game industry is "where passion meets business." What does this mean? We want to tell you how the news matters to you -- not just as a decision-maker at a game studio, but also as a fan of games. Whether you read our articles, listen to our podcasts, or watch our videos, GamesBeat will help you learn about the industry and enjoy engaging with it. How will you do that? Membership includes access to:
  • Newsletters, such as DeanBeat
  • The wonderful, educational, and fun speakers at our events
  • Networking opportunities
  • Special members-only interviews, chats, and "open office" events with GamesBeat staff
  • Chatting with community members, GamesBeat staff, and other guests in our Discord
  • And maybe even a fun prize or two
  • Introductions to like-minded parties
Become a member