The Last of Us Part 2 Shambling into June Amid Spoiler Controversy

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Earlier this year the highly anticipated sequel The Last of Us Part 2 was delayed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Indefinitely” is a scary word. Thankfully Sony and Naughty Dog have assuaged our fears with a new confirmed release date: June 19, less than a month from its original May 29 date.

Another anticipated Sony published game, Ghosts of Tsushima, has also been delayed. But this time we’re given a new release date right away: July 17.

“I want to personally congratulate and thank both the teams at Naughty Dog and Sucker Punch Productions on their achievements, as we know it’s not an easy feat to reach the finish line under these circumstances,” wrote Hermen Hulst, Head of Worldwide Studios, Sony Interactive Entertaiment. “Both teams have worked hard to deliver world-class experiences, and we can’t wait to see what you think of them when they release in just a few short months.”

The Last of Us Part 2 continues the story of post-apocalyptic survivors Joel and Ellie. The first game, released in 2013, is a harrowing tale of survival and brutality amidst a world ravaged by fungal zombies. With compelling writing and acting, and a memorable finale, it’s considered one of the best games of the PlayStation 3 era.

Recently huge spoilers have been leaked about the sequel’s story, apparently from a disgruntled employee. The spoilers originally appeared in YouTube videos that have since been taken down. But it’s the internet, and they’re still out there. Naughty Dog has put out a statement urging fans to avoid spoilers.

The Last of Us Part 2 will release June 19 on PlayStation 4. It’s rated M for Mature.

The Division 2 is Free this Weekend, on Sale for 95% Off

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In terms of killer video game deals, it doesn’t get much more impressive than Ubisoft’s free weekend for Tom Clancy’s The Division 2. From now until March 2 you can download and play a free trial version of The Division 2 on PC (Epic Games Store), PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

You won’t need anything extra to access The Division 2 free weekend on PC or PlayStation 4. Xbox One owners, however, will need to have an Xbox Live Gold subscription.

The entire game is available to play during the free weekend period, and progress will carry over to the full game should you choose to purchase it.

Ubisoft made that decision pretty easy thanks to a hilariously steep discount on the base game: 95% off, which equates to $2.99 for a well-reviewed multiplayer action game that released just last year.

The Division 2 has received numerous post-launch updates and free expansions since release. The first paid expansion, Warlords of New York, is releasing next week on March 3. It adds a new story, an extended endgame, and a return to New York with an increased level cap to 40. Purchasing the expansion offers an instant boost to level 30 so you can drop right in to the new content.

The Division 2 free weekend is going on now. It’s rated M for Mature.