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Druckmann, who initially said he was “heartbroken” by the release of unathorised gameplay videos, has insisted the leaks only tell part of the story—and that there’s plenty of false information being spread about the game online.
“There’s all these theories about what the ending is but the ending is not out there. You actually don’t know how it all comes together,” he told Eurogamer.
“There’s so many false things out there,” he added. “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 also said that pre-release leaks for the original Last of Us and Uncharted 4 “didn’t take away from anything at the end, because nothing compares to playing it”—and Naughty Dog is confident that its latest game will deliver whether players have been spoiled or not.
“Nothing compares to being Ellie and feeling those moments, not just in cutscenes, but in gameplay, conversations, the music and the emotional effect that has on you,” he said.
“And the story was constructed in such a way that it’s really not about twists and turns. It’s about slowly ratcheting the crank and feeling the tension with the choices the characters make.
“So okay, it sucks. But we know once people get their hands on it, they’re going to feel what it is we’re after whether they’ve seen it or not, and that’s that’s what made us confident.”
Following two delays, The Last of Us Part 2 release date is set for June 19.
Sony published the fourth and final part of a The Last of Us Part 2 video series on Wednesday. Viewable below, it explores the new locations, factions, and threats included in the PS4 sequel.