In a recent interview, Neil Druckmann expressed his belief that many fans would be divided on The Last Of Us Part II. Fast-forward the clock, and a number of weeks since the sequel’s release and critical opinion has been split well and truly down the middle.
Speaking to Wired, Druckmann said that some fans “are not going to like this game, and not like where it goes, and not like what it says or the fate of characters that they love,”
He admitted: "I'd rather have people passionately hate it than just be like, 'Yeah, it was OK.’”
Now, studio Naughty Dog has responded to the recent internet hate aimed toward not only the game but one of the actors in it. The studio posted on Twitter that while “we welcome critical discussion, we condemn any form of harassment or threats directed towards our team and cast.”
They added: “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.”
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. pic.twitter.com/eoq4t1ITnh
— Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog) July 5, 2020
Previously, Troy Baker (Joel), told Fandom that “people will question everything” in regards to The Last Of Us Part II. “I want [fans] to be able to challenge their own ideas about what this game is, what this world is, who the characters are — everything.”
Troy admitted his uncertainty in whether “people are going to like it or they’re going to hate it, but they definitely will NOT be ambivalent about it.”
Neil Druckmann recently announced the studio has "no plans" for DLC for The Last of Us Part II. The announcement was made during a Kinda Funny Games spoiler cast for The Last Of Us Part II.
The Last Of Us Part II is available on PlayStation 4. For those already safe from spoilers, and want more from The Last Of Us Part II, check out the GameLuster review.