The Last of Us Part II is one of this year’s most anticipated games but spoilers have leaked online ahead of its release.
This is why we can’t have nice things. Over the weekend, tons of spoilers for Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part II leaked online. While I didn’t personally watch any of them, there’s no doubt — judging from the numerous reports circulating — that they are legitimate.
Huge chunks of footage were released, showcasing previously unseen footage. Various cutscenes also spoiled significant plot points. I won’t be talking about or spoiling any of what was seen although there is a thread on ResetEra that details everything.
It’s worth noting that the dates on the screenshots and clips suggest they are from internal builds from February and March, so it’s possible some of this could have changed although the delay has more to do with coronavirus affecting physical retailer supply than the actual code itself. In other words, I think the spoilers are legitimately what we’ll get in the finished game.
Sony worked quickly to have the videos removed but as we know too well, once something is on the internet, it’s pretty much there forever. There’s no doubt there are mirrored copies out there in the wild.
Even worse, some jerks are spoiling the game on social media, so tread carefully. You may want to think about setting up filters across Twitter just as a precaution. You’ll also want to be careful on sites like YouTube and Reddit as spoilers could be hidden in random videos or posts without any fair warning.
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Naughty Dog has not yet commented on the leaks. The source of the leaks has obviously stayed anonymous although there’s a claim that they come from a “disgruntled employee over a payment with Naughty Dog.” Naughty Dog’s work environment, especially as it relates to developer crunch time, has been well-documented and scrutinized of late, so it’s entirely possible that this could be true.
Still, regardless of how upset an employee or former employee is, a leak of this magnitude absolutely sucks for everyone involved. Even beyond the upper management, leaking this spoils the hard work from thousands of developers who worked hard to make The Last of Us Part II the best game possible. For someone to just spoil year’s of hard work absolutely sucks, especially since it could affect sales of the game and ultimately result in job losses if the game doesn’t hit its intended forecast.
The Last of Us Part II was supposed to release on May 29. However, in early April, Sony delayed the launch “until further notice” due to the coronavirus crises. In a statement, Sony said the global crises “is preventing us from providing the launch experience our players deserve.”