Congratulations are in order…
The Last of Us has just hit 17 million sales worldwide and is now the highest-grossing individual Sony title of all time – which is pretty big – and although there’s no official release date yet, the end is in sight for The Last of Us: Part II.
With Naughty Dog moving swiftly through final stages of development there’s something to be said of the parallels between the first game and the upcoming sequel.
TLOU was first announced in December 2011 and, after missing their initial release date of May 2013 to finish off some final polishing, it hit the shelves in June. This release came just months after the Playstation 4 was announced, in February earlier that year.
When the PS4 dropped in November 2013, it wasn’t long after that Naughty Dog announced the Remastered version for the new generation console, which dropped in July 2014.
Now then. Part II.
Similar to the first game, it was announced in December 2016 – Q4 of the year – and if we’re going by history, there would be around 2 years between announce and the full release, some time around late 2018 or early 2019.
John Garvis, Creative Director of Sony Bend studio, who is leading development for Days Gone, also confirmed that it would be arriving before The Last of Us: Part II, with their release date pencilled for early 2019, so we know its definitely after then.
So what does this mean for the PS4 and/or PS5?
Judging from what we’ve had so far, there have always been 6-7 years between each generation of console: PS1 in 1994, PS2 in 2000, PS3 in 2006 and the PS4 in 2013. This would put the PS5 (assuming its called that) any time between 2019 and 2020; matching up quite nicely with the release of TLOU: Part II, in 2019. Ringing any bells?
This would be almost identical to the timeline of first title:
1) A title announce in December (late 2011 and 2016)
2) A release 2-3 years later (mid 2013 and 2019(?))
3) Time for Sony to announce the next gen (early 2013 and 2019(?)
4) The Last of Us release (mid 2013 and 2019(?))
5) Then the release of the PS4/PS5 (late 2013 and 2019(?))
This is all speculation – of course – but with Sony CEO John Kodera hinting that the PS4 is entering the “end of the console lifecycle” and video game analyst, Michael Pachter, weighing in on a likely 2020 release, it’s definitely possible.
Are Sony trying to tell us something here? A final cry that this game signals the “last of us” and the end of each console.
What do you think?