"There's so many false things out there" - Neil Druckmann on The Last of Us 2 leaks

By Heidi Nicholas,
The recent The Last of Us Part II plot leaks caused a lot of disappointment amongst fans who had been waiting years for the game, but Naughty Dog's Neil Druckmann now suggests not all of these leaks were accurate.

The Last of Us Part II

Responding to Eurogamer's questions about the leaks, Druckmann says, "There's a lot of the feedback that came out, our take on it is, you don't know. Right? There's so many false things out there. We don't want to go out there and correct anything because that would be spoiling the game in a way - by saying what it isn't, we're kind of saying what it is." Druckmann was responding to a comment about diversity in the game, and so his answer might just relate to any leaks specifically to do with how diversity is depicted. However, his response still implies that some of the leaks were false, and although he clearly can't say which leaks might be false, it's still heartening to hear for any fans who might feel let down about the game.

The Naughty Dog team have repeatedly said that leaks won't ruin the game, and Druckmann reinforces this again, saying, "nothing compares to being Ellie and feeling those moments... it's not really about twists and turns. It's about slowly ratcheting the crank and feeling the tension with the choices that the characters make". Druckmann further confirms that although "there's all these theories about what the ending is", the ending itself is "not out there".

Sony released a statement after the leaks to say the person responsible had been identified: "SIE has identified the primary individuals responsible for the unauthorized release of TLOU2 assets. They are not affiliated with Naughty Dog or SIE." Sony didn't share any more details, but said it was "unable to comment further because the information is subject to an on-going investigation".

The Last of Us Part II releases in just under two weeks, on June 19th.
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!