When Sony and Naughty Dog stated they have been delaying The Last of Us Part 2 indefinitely a couple of weeks in the past, it was partially to make it possible for “everybody will get to play the game across the similar time, guaranteeing that we’re doing every little thing doable to protect the very best expertise for everybody.” That intent has taken on a brand new and extra ironic which means immediately, although, as movies containing huge obvious spoilers for the sport have leaked on the Internet—and on the identical day that Sony finally confirms the game’s June 19 release date.
Whereas Sunday night time‘s authentic YouTube and Reddit postings broadcasting the spoilers of The Last of Us Part 2 have already been taken down, mirrored copies are nonetheless comparatively simple to search out in case you‘re wanting (and even in case you‘re not wanting, relying on how a lot trolling you are normally uncovered to on-line). The prolonged video clips (The Last of Us Part 2) present an obvious debug construct of the sport, together with reduce scenes and gameplay from the start to proper up close to the top of the narrative. They embody important particulars in regards to the destiny and relationships of main franchise characters in addition to beforehand unrevealed particulars about gameplay and perspective.
Sony representatives weren’t instantly accessible to touch upon the obvious leak, although the corporate has apparently been issuing takedown requests for the footage of The Last of Us Part 2 throughout platforms. After saying earlier this month that the sport was “almost carried out with growth,” the sport was “indefinitely” delayed. That modified hours after information of the sport‘s leaks started mounting on Monday, although Sony and Naughty Dog did not acknowledge the leak in today’s blog post.
As a substitute, Sony Interactive Leisure govt Hermen Hulst cited “an ease within the international distribution atmosphere“—and gave one other PlayStation-exclusive recreation, Ghost of Tsushima, a brand new launch date of July 17, as nicely.
In a press release offered to The News Observers, a Sony Interactive Leisure stated “We’re disillusioned that anybody would launch unauthorized pre-launch footage of The Last of Us Part II, disrupt years of Naughty Dog‘s arduous work and damage the expertise for followers worldwide. We wish everybody to have the chance to play The Last of Us Part II on the identical time and ask that viewing or sharing of the unauthorized footage be averted.”
In a separate statement on Twitter, Naughty Canine wrote: “We all know the previous couple of days have been extremely troublesome for you. We really feel the identical. It is disappointing to see the discharge and sharing of pre-release footage from growth. Do your greatest to keep away from spoilers and we ask that you do not spoil it for others. The Last of Us Part II can be in your arms quickly. It doesn’t matter what you see and listen to, the ultimate expertise can be value it.”]
The leaks might be a large blow to a recreation that depends on shock and cautious pacing to offer most influence to main plot factors. Already, discussion board goers and social media chatterers are analyzing the movies and textual content synopses of the most important narrative beats, giving their abstract opinions of a disjointed story that they’ve skilled in a very bastardized format.
Whereas most gamers really feel that spoilers can utterly damage their enjoyment of a story expertise (because the title suggests), there’s truly some analysis suggesting that moving into with a spoiler can truly enhance your enjoyment of a narrative. However that hasn’t stopped recreation makers from struggling to take care of the shock after main recreation particulars leak on-line. In some circumstances, that even means threatening YouTube takedown notices for spoilers posted by gamers after a recreation‘s precise launch.
For many who wish to attempt to dodge what is certain to be widespread on-line dialogue of plot particulars, The Last of Us subreddit recommends utilizing a Spoiler Protection browser extension loaded with quite a few game-related key phrases.
The Last of Us: Part 2 co-writer Halley Gross beforehand talked to Ars in regards to the recreation‘s deal with a traumatic expertise for Ellie, and her strategy of “coping with that trauma, negotiating that trauma, and the way that trauma evolves her.