Naughty Dog and The Last of Us Part II Director Neil Druckmann Release Statements on Game Leak
"Heartbroken for the team. Heartbroken for our fans. We’re still incredibly excited to get the game into your hands."
It’s been a whirlwind past day or so if you’re a fan of The Last of Us. Over the weekend, a massive slate of spoilers for The Last of Us Part II started appearing online. The source of the leak isn’t known specifically right now, but rumors suggest that someone internally who had worked on the game was behind the leak. Now, Naughty Dog has responded publicly to this matter and as you’d expect, the studio is quite upset.
On social media, Naughty Dog released a public statement regarding The Last of Us Part II’s leak this afternoon, encouraging fans that the end result will still be worth it. “We know the last few days have been incredibly difficult for you. We feel the same. It’s disappointing to see the release and sharing of pre-release footage from development,” said Naughty Dog’s message. “Do your best to avoid spoilers and we ask that you don’t spoil it for others.”
A message from the studio: pic.twitter.com/f0TzIZXUIB
— Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog) April 27, 2020
The Last of Us Part II’s director Neil Druckmann also chimed in on the leak, saying that he’s beyond upset about what has transpired. “Heartbroken for the team. Heartbroken for our fans,” Druckmann said on Twitter. “We’re still incredibly excited to get the game into your hands.”
Heartbroken for the team. Heartbroken for our fans. We’re still incredibly excited to get the game into your hands. ❤️ https://t.co/QWKLU6I6Q3
— Neil Druckmann (@Neil_Druckmann) April 27, 2020
It’s uncertain whether or not more details regarding this situation will ever come to light, but Naughty Dog and Sony are surely doing an internal investigation to determine how this leak came about. In all likelihood, the person responsible for this (assuming it is a disgruntled employee) will be in major legal trouble if they are found out. Not only will they most likely be blacklisted from the games industry altogether, but assuming their identity is uncovered, Sony will likely sue this person, too. When you work on games like this, NDAs are almost always in place, and the person responsible for this leak definitely broke that agreement opening themselves up to all kinds of legal ramifications.
It’s going to be a rough few weeks if you’re trying to avoid spoilers for The Last of Us Part II, but at least we now have a new official release date on the calendar. The game will arrive exclusively on PS4 later this summer on June 19, 2020.