Naughty Dog Doing ‘The Last of Us 2’ Guessing Game Tactic? Neil Druckmann Admitted Lying To Fans

By Martin Suan | 1 year ago
Naughty Dog Doing ‘The Last of Us 2’ Guessing Game Tactic? Neil Druckmann Admitted Lying To Fans

Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann recently admitted they lied to fans with some trailers for “The Last of Us.” Is Naughty Dog doing a guessing game with “The Last of Us 2” also? Read on to find out more.

If Naughty Dog, Inc. chooses to release “The Last of Us 2,” its trailer might be deceptive.


The company’s creative director and programmer, Neil Druckmman, admitted they chose some deceptive tactics for “The Last of Us” trailer in order to keep the fans guessing.

In his interview with the Official PlayStation Magazine UK (via Power Up Gaming), Neil Druckmann said, “That [trailer about Joel being infected, eventually forcing Ellie to kill him] was constructed in such a way so that people would guess that and think that that’s the obvious ending, and then we could turn it on them.”

And they were successful.

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“The Last of Us 2” Guessing Game Tactic?

It seems the people behind the successful title like to play the guessing game. Could it be that Naughty Dog, Inc. is also using the same tactic when it comes to whether or not they will release “The Last of Us 2”?

For the last couple of months, fans have been in a limbo whether the company would release the sequel or not.

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In fact last year, Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley said at Reddit’s Ask Me Anything session that the game is at 50/50. Few months later, “Uncharted” series voice actor Nolan North claimed the company was doing it.


Then a little while, “The Last of Us” lead actor Troy Baker said he knew nothing if the company was really working on the sequel.

“I don’t know if we’re gonna do another one or not,” Troy Baker said.

After that, a writer from Naughty Dog, Inc. allegedly hinted a “second” “The Last of Us” by accidentally saying “the first The Last of Us.”

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“Uh, did I say the first The Last of Us? The first the Last of Us. Uh, The Last of Us, the first The Last of Us.”

In another issue of the Official PlayStation Magazin (via GamesRadar), Neil Druckmann also repeated the guessing game. Although he did not completely debunked Nolan North’s claim, but he did not confirm “The Last of Us 2” either.

“The answer is – and this is totally honest, and I’ve said this in the past – that when Bruce (Straley) and I moved over to Uncharted 4, we were brainstorming ideas for The Last of Us 2 with new characters; ideas for TLOU 2 with Joel and Ellie; ideas for a sci-fi game; ideas for a fantasy game, and building prototypes for each one of those ideas,” Druckmann said. “So, I guess he (North) was kind of right in that we were working on stuff, but we don’t know what we’re doing next and we won’t know until probably a few months after we finish Uncharted 4.”

Oh well, “The Last of Us 2” guessing game continues.

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