The Last of Us has been delayed until June 14, Sony has announced.

Naughty Dog’s post- apocalyptic survival-horror action-adventure was due out on May 7, but the delay is so further polish may be applied to the game.

"As a team we pride ourselves on setting a very high quality bar for every aspect of our games – gameplay, story, art, design, technology and more,” said the developer.

“We want to make sure The Last of Us raises that bar even further – for ourselves, and most importantly, our fans."

"As we entered the final phase of development for The Last of Us, we came to realise just how massive Joel and Ellie’s journey is.

"But instead of cutting corners or compromising our vision, we came to the tough decision that the game deserved a few extra weeks to ensure every detail of The Last of Us was up to Naughty Dog’s internal high standards."

Last December, it was discovered that the game featured a multiplayer component, the inclusion of which Naughty Dog stated had not detracted from its single player campaign.

Earlier this month amid debates around gaming violence, The Last of Us creative director Neil Druckmann defended violence within the game, calling it “necessary for the story”.

The Last of Us is a PlayStation 3 exclusive.