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We could finally be getting a Last of Us 2 release date

Naughty Dog's The Last of Us 2 remains one of the most hotly anticipated upcoming video games, with new rumors about the PlayStation exclusive's release date popping up every few weeks. An alleged leak regarding Sony's next State of Play continues the trend, promising a few exciting reveals, among them an official The Last of Us 2 release window.

Much like Nintendo with their Nintendo Direct presentations, Sony has moved towards a new format that allows them more flexibility with important game announcements. Rather than waiting for gaming conventions like Gamescom, the company nows hosts State of Play events. During their previous State of Play in May, Sony debuted a new Final Fantasy 7 Remake trailer amidst several updates.

Sony has not revealed the date for their next State of Play; however, details about the event, including its target date and featured games, may have leaked on 4chan. According to the post, another State of Play will take place on November 1, this time with a longer duration. The event will include the debut of the launch trailer for Death Stranding, which releases a week later on November 8, a Star Wars: Jedi – Fallen Order presentation, and, most importantly, the release date trailer for The Last of Us 2.

According to the leaker, the new trailer will reveal a May 2020 release date for The Last of Us 2. They also stated that Ghost of Tsushima would not feature at this State of Play due to technical delays meant to improve the game's textures and framerates for the upgraded hardware of the PlayStation 5. Sony's marketing team reportedly will focus all their efforts on promoting Death Stranding and The Last of Us 2 before moving their resources to Ghost of Tsushima in preparation for the Playstation Meeting 2020.

Like all leaks, you should view this information with a healthy dose of skepticism. The poster claims to have received it from a former senior marketing manager at Sony who still has access to company emails. This sounds suspicious, given that most businesses will remove an employee's access to their company email address the day of their departure. Still, these claims are not outside the realm of possibility and 4chan leaks have proven true before.