Last weekend, a gigantic The Last of Us 2 leak leaked from the underground of the Internet, which not only spoiled several cut scenes and revealed a large part of the story, but also revealed the supposed end of the game. Well, it was apparently not an angry employee who threw the information online – but a group of hackers.
The Last of Us 2 has a hard time, and The Last of Us 2 fans who want to play the title without being spoiled have an even harder time. We will not reveal anything about the many Lekas that are currently circulating on the Internet – If you are interested, you can find it on Twitter. Meanwhile, it is still important to uncover the secret of the origin of the leaks. And that has nothing to do with an angry Naughty Dogs employee who wasn't paid. (Luckily.)
How Kotaku approved, it was a hack instead. The whole thing goes back to the Twitter user PixelButts – yes, that's his name – who describes the possible hacking process in detail and indicates that he had pointed out the security vulnerability to developer Naughty Dog in February. No reaction.
The Group of hackers has probably gained access to Naughty Dog's Amazon servers, via the code of previous games like Uncharted 3 and The Last of Us 1. So they practically slipped through a tiny security hole on the developer server Naughty Dogs and then downloaded at least 1 TB from The Last of Us 2:
Come March, keys and data was saved, somewhere around 1-3TB, though I can only say 1TB for sure.
They were trying to dump TLOU1 in an effort to get that games key as UC3 had TLOU1 material, so surely TLOU1 had TLOU2? No idea in the end but come April things got spicy
– PixelButts (@PixelButts) May 3, 2020
"Then in March they backed up the data, about 1-3 TB, but I can only confirm 1TB for sure. You tried to hack TLoU1 to get a key because Uncharted 3 hidden material from The Last of Us 1, So TLoU1 certainly hid something about TLoU2? I don't know, but it went off in April. ”
The vulnerability was closed on April 30, Pixelbutt says, four days after the huge The Last of Us 2 leak leaked through the internet. Kotaku author Jason Schreier was also able to confirmed by several sources known to himthat it was actually a hack. And as we know, Schreier is very rarely wrong.
Original message from April 28th, 9:08 am
Release dates for The Last of Us 2 and Ghost of Tsushima announced
After unreleased scenes from The Last of Us 2 were leaked earlier this week by an employee – more on that below – the calls for an early release of the game grew louder. And now, they didn't go unheard: Sony finally decided on one final release date for The Last of Us 2 agreed, namely the June 19, 2020. Immediately afterwards there is only a horse jump away Ghost of Tsushimathat on 17th July ridden to us from feudal Japan.
Originally, The Last of Us 2 was supposed to crawl to us on console and PC on May 29, the samurai adventure Ghost of Tsushima was on June 26. However, both games were as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting logistical problems postponed.
In other words: Whatever happens this year, should we crouch at home in summer and late summer, we will have a lot to do. Exactly two months after Ghost of Tsushima, there's the science fiction role-playing game Cyberpunk 2077, which will still be released on September 17th.
Did you play it
Original message from April 27th, 9:17 am
The Last of Us 2 storyline leaked with gameplay, no release in sight yet
The spoiler-free time for The Last of Us 2 is over. A Crisis report in The Last of Us 2 Reddit reports on how a huge gameplay leak leaked on YouTube and Discord. The Leaker is, at least according to the Reddit, one former Naughty Dog employeewho was not paid and therefore wanted to harm the company.
Of course we don't know if that's true. But it is clear that Parts of several cut scenes in the game circulate through the internet, including the end. I will get you here do not spoil and don't mention names, but you can in particular on Twitter facts about the story as well as pictures and video scenes dig up if you absolutely want it. Naughty Dog is in the meantime blocking any videos and pictures, but as you know yourself, it will hardly be possible now: The damage has been done.
The Last of Us 2 was originally scheduled to be released on May 29, 2020, but was postponed by Naughty Dog until early April. It remains to be seen whether the leak will force an early release: It would be nice, because in the worst case, fans have to avoid the spoilers for months now.
What we already know about The Last of Us 2 (of course without those spoilers from the leak):
Original message from April 8th 2020, 9:03 am
The Last of Us 2: pre-orders should be automatically refunded
The road continues down into the abyss, at least for those who were still hoping for a digital release of The Last of Us 2: the game was postponed a while ago due to logistical issues related to the spread of the corona virus; now everyone should digital pre-orders refunded will.
The whole thing was, however neither officially confirmed nor announced – it is instead a popping message on the US support portal from Sonyannouncing refunds for both games. Customers should be informed by email about how or when the money will be repaid.
Have you already received such an email? Until Sony reports, it cannot be said with certainty whether this is possibly just an automatic message in the support center.
Original message from April 7th, 2020, 9:36 a.m.
The Last of Us 2 developer talks about digital release
A digital release, that is what is primarily about Reddit forum from The Last of Us 2 is spoken. A majority of the fans would like to do without the physical version, if they were still able to dive into the game on the actual release date on May 29: As we reported below, the title became due to logistical bottlenecks and possible disruptions postponed indefinitely.
Is a digital release of The Last of Us 2 realistic? In the official PlayStation blogcast Neil Druckmann commented directly on the question of what is now with a digital release – and he did not rule it out:
"Well, there is still no final decision. At the moment we are only reacting – what we are dealing with now is a completely different supply chain. We look at how we could get the physical copies out there and how the internet infrastructure is everywhere. As everyone knows, this is a global game, people are waiting for it in every country and we want to be sure that we are fair. If only a small group of people can access it, what about those who don't get it? ”
Ensuring a global, flawless release during the current exceptional situation may be a feat that even Sony cannot accomplish. In addition, and we should not forget that there are places all over the world where it would not be possible to download such a large game: To stay as fair as possible, The Last of Us 2 would have to digital and physically be available, which – as we saw in Final Fantasy 7 Remake – to asynchronous releases all over the world would lead.
Maybe the decision has already been made: The Last of Us 2 is clammy and has secretly disappeared from the PS Store. So we should be prepared for a longer wait.
Yes: There are other games that you can deal with now:
Original message from April 3, 8:54 am
The Last of Us 2: Release postponed "until further notice"
As a result of Spread of the corona virus Sony will not release The Last of Us 2 at the end of May, it will postpones the game indefinitely. The publisher has revealed on Twitter:
Update: YOU has made the difficult decision to delay the launch of The Last of Us Part II and Marvel’s Iron Man VR until further notice. Logistically, the global crisis is preventing us from providing the launch experience our players deserve.
– PlayStation (@PlayStation) April 2, 2020
"Update: Sony Interactive Entertainment made the difficult decision to postpone the release of The Last of Us II and Marvel’s Iron Man VR until further notice. In terms of logistics, the global crisis is preventing us from giving all players the release experience they deserve. ”
This is certainly meant here simultaneous global delivery of the game on release day. As we reported yesterday, Final Fantasy 7 Remake also struggled with delivery disruptions – whereupon FF7 remake appeared 9 days early in Australia.
As a result of the corona virus pandemic: when can we expect the release?
The Last of Us 2 is almost done, adds Naughty Dog in another Twitter post on the subject. The last bugs are being eliminated:
A message from us about the delay of The Last of Us Part II: pic.twitter.com/aGsSRfmJ8a
– Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog) April 2, 2020
“Furthermore, even if we were able to finish The Last of Us 2 in time, we would have to face a reality in which we could not bring TLOU2 to our satisfaction. We want everyone to be able to play the game at the same time to ensure that everyone will have the best gaming experience. After all, that means postponing our game until we can solve the logistical problems."
Everything we know about The Last of Us 2:
So it’s not about completing the game on time – it’s all about the ability to be able to send it globally and at the same time. It is therefore impossible to estimate a new release date; neither for The Last of Us II nor for Marvel’s Iron Man VR. After all, it is also impossible to predict when the Coronavirus pandemic at least largely survived will be.