Naughty Dog respond to threats and abuse after The Last of Us Part II release

In the wake of the hugely successful critical and commercial success of The Last of Us Part II, Naughty Dog have found themselves having to respond to harassment and abuse being hurled at their developers and actors involved in the game on social media.

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The statement reads:

“Although we welcome critical discussion, we condemn any form of harassment or threats directed towards our team and cast. Their safety is our top priority, but we must all work together to root out this type of behavior and maintain a constructive and compassionate discourse.”

While it’s safe to say they will also have seen a lot of positive messages from fans, Actor Laura Bailey (who plays Abby) and writer, director and Naughty Dog VP Neil Druckmann both shared some of the frankly vile messages they have received since the game’s release.

Note: Expect a number of triggers and spoilers if you reach the abusive messages.

 

The outrage comes from some of the narrative and creative decisions made through the game. Following on from the original game, The Last of Us Part II features openly LGBTQ characters, and makes some dramatic and shocking twists with its story that were closely guarded by Naughty Dog through the game’s development.

While it’s within everyone’s right to dislike and critique a story, there is simply no excuse for that to lead to homophobic and transphobic comments, see anti-semitic abuse hurled at Druckmann, not to mention threats of violence against an actor playing a character in a work of fiction.

Source: Twitter

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4 Comments

  1. What a disgraceful attitude to what is,when it comes down to it,a story. It’s not real,nobody really died,dogs weren’t hurt.

    I think it’s some of the bravest story telling I’ve ever come across. They would have known about the backlash from the start. Is real life all flowers,kittens and lovely people? No it isn’t. Please don’t let these idiots stop you from the wonderful job you do. Never be scared to be controversial in your story telling.

    Keyboard warriors,go and get yourself some semblance of a life. Maybe a girlfriend or another hobby.

    Naughty Dog, I salute you and can’t wait to see what you do on ps5. Something totally grotesque with a twisty story in space would go down a treat.

    Keith Sinclair
    [email protected] .co.uk

  2. This is truly unbelievable. I got to be careful not to read too much, as I’m still playing the game but some of these threats are just insane. Best would be throwing the respective people for years to come from any service like Twitter, etc. (if technically feasible).
    And I very much hope ND and the actors involved are not put off from doing such great work in the future.

  3. Absolutely vile comments, completely unwarranted.

  4. I rarely comment on anything, but this is just the world we’re in right now, it won’t get any better than it is today, so take a good look. The more society tries to ‘heal’ itself the worse it gets. Maybe these people really do want to kill them, but where did that emotion come from? We think it’s nuts because it’s about a video game, but it’s not, it’s because they’ve got zero else to live for other than a video game, and that’s the real tragedy. A potential killer seeking desperate help, we may have sympathy for, until they kill someone, then they are a monster, maybe we’re just seeing the monsters first. I have no idea what I’m talking about, I’m going to lie down. Lockdown made me write this.

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