Last month, major plots of Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part 2 was leaked online and there are still parts of it on Twitter since it is hard to erase things like this from the internet. There were reports the leak came from disgruntled Naughty Dog employees and developers who had not been treated fairly by the company.
Naughty Dog reacted saying “it’s disappointing to see the release and sharing of pre-release footage from development. Do your best to avoid spoilers and we ask that you don’t spoil it for others.” In March, Kotaku reported the company was making its developers work extra hours and late in the night in order to complete The Last of Us Part 2.
Sony says it has identified the leakers and confirmed in a statement to Polygon, “SIE has identified the primary individuals responsible for the unauthorized release of TLOU2 assets. They are not affiliated with Naughty Dog or SIE. We are unable to comment further because the information is subject to an on-going investigation. We’re looking forward to when The Last of Us Part II will be in your hands and can’t wait for you to enjoy the full experience on June 19.”
People argued on social the leaks were justified and it was a means for Naughty Dog workers to effect the change for a better working condition. Others argued those who made it leak were heartless and had destroyed the effort of everyone who worked on the game.
Naughty Dog Director, Neil Druckmann reacted to the leakers being identified, he tweeted “Glad this got cleared up, but there are a lot of other false rumours out there. Looking forward to discussing all of this once the game is out.” Sony also clarified to Kotaku the leakers were not former employees or contractors of either Sony or Naughty Dog as many other rumours had suggested.
The Last of Us Part 2 will finally debut June 19 and it’s set to be the biggest PS4 exclusive yet in terms of download size requiring at least a 100GB of storage on the PS4 hard drive.