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PlayStation cancels PAX East booth with The Last of Us Part II over Coronavirus concerns

The Last Of Us Part 2 Wallpaper
The Last Of Us Part 2 Wallpaper (Image credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment / Naughty Dog)

What you need to know

  • PlayStation was going to hold a booth at PAX East with playable games like The Last of Us Part II.
  • PlayStation has cancelled its appearance at PAX East over coronavirus concerns.
  • The Last of Us Part II is scheduled to release on May 29, 2020.

A short while ago, PlayStation shared the exciting news that it would be present at PAX East and it was bringing a playable demo of The Last of Us Part II. Unfortunately, if you were planning on going, you'll want to reconsider. The company shared an update on PlayStation Blog, stating it was pulling out of PAX East due to Coronavirus concerns.

The statement reads "Today, Sony Interactive Entertainment made the decision to cancel its participation at PAX East in Boston this year due to increasing concerns related to COVID-19 (also known as "novel coronavirus"). We felt this was the safest option as the situation is changing daily. We are disappointed to cancel our participation in this event, but the health and safety of our global workforce is our highest concern."

Naughty Dog chimed in on Twitter, saying "We're so sad to have to miss PAX East! We were really looking forward to meeting you and seeing your reactions to the demo. Although we know this makes the wait until May 29 a bit harder, we appreciate your understanding. Don't worry, we'll have more to share closer to launch."

The Last of Us Part II is currently scheduled to release on May 29, 2020.

Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on PlayStation on Android Central. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert