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Naughty Dog’s reiterated on multiple occasions that The Last of Us: Part II is by far its most ambitious game, but in an announcement video released this week to confirm the project’s completion, director Neil Druckmann shared a few more details.

“I want to congratulate the team who has pulled off the most ambitious game we’ve ever made,” he beamed. “I know I’ve said this before, but you won’t know to what degree until you get your hands on it, and see the care that’s gone into every detail, from the level design to the mechanics… Graphically, how the game looks… Environments, art direction, characters, story, the audio design, the soundtrack – oh my god, the soundtrack is so amazing!”

Druckmann added that, despite playing the title through multiple times, he still feels the emotional impact of the storyline. “I just finished a playthrough and was crying by the end of it,” he added.

Of course, the reaction to the title since sensitive story details leaked has been, shall we say, divided at best. The video confirming the game’s completion currently has 34k dislikes, which is staggering for such a hotly anticipated release. Druckmann, of course, had a message for the developer’s critics: “Nothing compares to playing this thing from beginning to end.”