It feels like Naughty Dog can't catch a break at the moment when it comes to The Last of Us: Part II. From the unfortunate leak of various story details right the way through to yesterday's claims of stealing musical arrangements for the game's TV advert, the studio must have one big collective headache. It's those spoilers which have quickly become the most controversial part of it all though, with fans reacting to cutscenes devoid of context a month before the PlayStation 4 exclusive is even planned to launch. However, according to vice president Neil Druckmann, there are a lot of fake and incorrect spoilers out in the wild that don't actually tell the full story.
In a new interview with Eurogamer, Druckmann explains how certain storylines have been misconstrued. "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."
He then goes on to explain how Naughty Dog wanted to explore all the possibilities and situations a 19-year-old woman could encounter, no matter whether that's through sexuality or physical and mental violence. "So if you somehow have a problem with that, well, then that sucks, but the story's gonna win for us. It's ironic or maybe sad - I think that people will benefit the most from this kind of story are the ones that are yelling the loudest right now, but I hope there's enough in the game to draw them in and just normalize stuff that is normal."
Druckmann and his team want the player to reflect on the feelings experienced in The Last of Us: Part II, touching on the fact that this is very much not comfort food. In exactly two weeks time, we'll be able to see what Naughty Dog means. Don't forget to come back to Push Square next week on Friday 12th June for our full review. In the meantime, you can check out three different previews that editor Sammy Barker has scribed.