The Last of Us Part II leaks
On April 27, 2020, the plot for The Last of Us Part II was leaked online, which revealed major plot details and pivotal cutscenes. At the time, people suspect that a disgruntled Naughty Dog employee leaked it. On May 4, 2020, the leaker was found and he was revealed not to be a Sony or Naughty Dog employee.
On April 27, 2020, the plot for The Last of Us Part II was leaked online, which revealed major plot details and pivotal cutscenes. The plot leaks and gameplay received negative reviews from gamers and online critics alike due to the fact that many major characters ended up dying in disgrace and because of Naughty Dog's out-of-control crunch culture and poor attitude towards its employees. However, some of the elements present in the leaks were confirmed to not have been seen in the final game.
The leaks resulted in the release of The Last of Us Part II being delayed from May 29, 2020 to June 19, 2020. To prevent any more leaks of a similar scale happening, Sony patented anti-spoiler technology in response to the leaks. Even worse, Sony and Naughty Dog began to file large amounts of fraudulent DMCA claims to silence critics and journalists who talked about the leaked details. On April 13, 2020, Troy Baker, voice actor of Joel, warned fans to stay open-minded and allow Joel and Ellie to tell their story instead of the story that people think that they want to be told. However, this only alarmed many potential buyers, who feared that the hidden message is the game will become a major disappointment like the The Last Jedi. Writer and director Neil Druckmann mentioned that the game had gone gold in a special message published on YouTube, which received over 110,000 dislikes. Not helping the upcoming release of game was the fact that Neil Druckmann is a major supporter of Anita Sarkeesian and clearly has an agenda to push. On May 10th, 2020, Troy Baker broke the silence on the leaks by begging people to play the game, brushing aside the fact that the game could be undone by a few screenshots (when in reality, entire scripts and recordings of segments were included in the leak), lauding Naughty Dog's many accomplishments, experiences, and awards, and added that players just "have to experience the game", believing that they don't affect final gameplay. Troy Baker's message received mixed reviews from critics, with the idea of the game not being ruined by a screenshot of one of its scenes receiving criticism. Things grew even more suspicious when almost every single game journalism site and magazine that reviewed the title published perfect 5/5 or 10/10 reviews for the game, likely in a desperate attempt to make up for the lost fanbase by pushing sales for the game after being bribed by Sony or Naughty Dog. On May 22, 2020, Naughty Dog released a Tweet teasing the in-game world. But this time, they used the "convo" feature, preventing retweets from being simply made by anybody except for certain users that they selected.