Did You Spot Neil Druckmann’s Secret Cameo in The Last of Us Part II?
The Last of Us Part II features a late-game appearance from both Neil Druckmann and Halley Gross with each lending their voice talents.
Editor’s Note: Some late-game spoilers for The Last of Us Part II are present in this article. Read at your own caution.
The Last of Us Part II is a game filled with plenty of Easter eggs. Not only does it feature some callbacks to Naughty Dog franchises of yesteryear such as Uncharted and Jak & Daxter, but it also contains quite a few secrets of other kinds, too. Now, it seems as though one player has discovered yet another previously-unknown secret that is tucked away near in the game’s final hours.
Spotted over on Reddit by u/SpiderChundi, it seems as though The Last of Us Part II director Neil Druckmann and co-writer Halley Gross both play character roles within the game itself. While not actually going as far to do motion capture work like actors Ashley Johnson, Laura Bailey, and Troy Baker do for The Last of Us Part II, Druckmann and Gross instead seemed to have lent their talents with their voices alone.
In a video shared on the Reddit post, which you can watch below, Druckmann and Gross seem to play the role of two WLF members that are conversing over the radio. This sequence transpires in the final hours of The Last of Us Part II when Abby finds her way into the theater to eventually face off with Ellie. The conversation between Druckmann and Gross in-game even seems to end with Druckmann’s character, who is named Briggs, either dying or being overrun by opposing forces. It’s a brief sequence and is one that I imagine most players could have easily missed given where it happens in the story.
And in case you don’t believe that this is actually Druckmann and Gross’ voices that you hear during the game, Druckmann himself seems to have confirmed as much. In response to the post, Druckmann replied via his official Reddit account and simply said, “Good ear.” The voice cameos for both Druckmann and Gross are their second such appearances in the game in some capacity that we know of, as the writing duo also has two cards based on each as well.
While it remains to be seen if there are any other appearances from Druckmann, Gross, or other members of the Naughty Dog team in The Last of Us Part II, the title is surely filled to the brim with other Easter eggs that fans haven’t found just yet. Just like in this instance, we’ll surely start to see more of them revealed over time as even more players continue to experience the game.