Was The Last of Us 2 Leaked by a Mistreated Naughty Dog Employee?

WARNING: The Last of Us 2 heavy story spoilers have leaked online in video form. Due to this, trolling pieces of shit have started to try and ruin the game for others.

The Last of Us 2 was originally planned to launch a month from now on May 29 but COVID-19 related problems (on the physical distribution side) meant that The Last of Us 2 was indefinitely delayed with no new release date in sight.

As of yesterday, April 26, videos leaked online with serious story spoilers. We have not watched and will not detail the leaks at all other than they reportedly look legit.

Shortly after the leaks, the rumour-mill started swirling on the internet that the leaks are a result of a disgruntled employee taking revenge against Naughty Dog for being mistreated in an apparent pay-dispute.

This is all unconfirmed as we speak but given the nature of the leak and it’s actual video of the game, it would have needed to have been someone who had intimate access to the game, hence a Naughty Dog employee is feasible. Further, we have received reports that the footage features developer messages or prompts, thus lending even more weight to this rumour.

On top of that, reports have been coming out for years of bad employee treatment at Naughty Dog. Most recently, this year reports emerged from Kotaku detailing how bad the treatment can be at Naughty Dog:

Many who have worked at Naughty Dog over the years describe it as a duality—as a place that can be simultaneously the best and the worst workplace in the world. Working at Naughty Dog means designing beloved, critically acclaimed games alongside artists and engineers who are considered some of the greatest in their fields. But for many of those same people, it also means working 12-hour days (or longer) and even weekends when the studio is in crunch mode, sacrificing their health, relationships, and personal lives at the altar of the game.

Taking these things together it does add a lot of weight to the rumour that this leak came from a mistreated employee. However, we must say this doesn’t seem like the right choice to take revenge as ultimately it’s the fans that suffer. Mistreating employees is a terrible culture, especially in the gaming industry and whilst we disagree with the methods, hopefully this shines more light on this issue.

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Head writer and PR guy for @TGGamingReviews. Business Inquries: charlesoakley@thisgengaming.co.uk

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