The coronavirus has been wreaking havoc globally, putting a lot of people lives on pause and messing up a lot of big plans. The entertainment industry, in particular, has taken a swift blow. Countless movies and TV shows have had their productions halted and their release dates moved. Now, it seems the video game industry is next to suffer as Sony Interactive Entertainment has just announced that they are delaying the launch of two highly-anticipated titles, Marvel’s Iron Man VR and The Last Of Us 2.
This was announced on twitter when Sony tweeted that they “made the difficult decision to delay the launch of The Last Of Us II and Marvel’s Iron Man VR until further notice.” They stated that the global pandemic places logistical restrictions that will prevent them from providing the launch experience that players deserve.
This is not the first time Marvel’s Iron Man VR has been subjected to delays. Originally, the game was set for a Feb. 28 release but in January, Camouflaj announced that the release was to be pushed to May 15 to ensure they deliver the experience fans deserve from the project.
Marvel’s Iron Man VR is a PlayStation VR exclusive that aims to provide an authentic VR experience where players can pilot the high-tech armour as Tony Stark as he faces off against hacker and anti-corporate supervillain, Ghost.
Naughty Dog, the developers of Last Of Us, have also issued a statement on Twitter. Similar to the statement Sony made, they noted that they are in the final stages of development but due to the logistical issues the current crisis poses is going to prevent them from satisfying their launch requirements. They said they want everyone to be able to play The Last Of Us Part II at the same time and for obvious reasons that’s not possible at this current time.
Similar to Marvel’s Iron Man VR, Last of Us II has also recently experienced delays when the date was pushed back to May 2020. Both games are now delayed indefinitely and it’s unlikely we will see any further updates until the crisis is averted.