An extended commercial trailer for The Last Of Us Part II, featuring a cover of New Order’s “True Faith”, inspired by a cover from Lotte Kestner, became the subject of controversy after it was revealed Naughty Dog failed to credit Kestner.
Since then, Neil Druckmann, writer and game director of The Last Of Us Part II, has apologized to Kestner for the error.
“Ellie’s rendition of ‘True Faith’ was inspired by Lotte Kestner’s haunting cover of the song,” a Twitter post reads.
Ellie's rendition of “True Faith” was inspired by Lotte Kestner's haunting cover of the song. Due to an oversight on our end, she wasn't credited as intended. Our deep apologies — we are rectifying this ASAP. We hope that @lottekestner receives the recognition she deserves.
— Neil Druckmann (@Neil_Druckmann) June 10, 2020
He adds: “Due to an oversight on our end, she wasn’t credited as intended. Our deep apologies–we are rectifying this ASAP. We hope that Lotte Kestner receives the recognition she deserves.”
Kestner initially tweeted the developers (the post has been since deleted) asking if they had been aware that the ‘True Faith’ cover in the trailer was a version of her own released ten years ago.
She said: “I wrote original parts not in the original song that are copied exactly by whoever covered it. I am heartbroken.”
Fast forward to today, and it appears the rift between Kestner and Naughty Dog has been healed. In a post from Kestner, she said: “So proud this music has found a home in such an amazing project. Thanks to Neil, Naughty Dog and everyone at Sony.”
So proud this music has found a home in such an amazing project. Thanks to Neil, Naughty Dog and everyone at Sony. https://t.co/FJ2r5Xgbgs
— Lotte Kestner (@lottekestner) June 10, 2020
In a recent interview with British GQ, Neil Druckmann revealed that The Last Of Us Part III hasn’t been ruled out. However, it was also hinted that the developers may decide to create a new title altogether.
Druckmann said, “As you start wrapping things up, creatively there are fewer and fewer responsibilities and my mind can’t help but think about the next thing,”
“So, yeah, the next thing could be a Part III, the next thing could be some new IP”, Druckmann teased.
The Last Of Us Part II is due on June 19 on PS4.