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In a recent statement given to GamesIndustry.biz, Sony confirmed that earlier this week it identified the persons responsible for leaking the massive amount of content related to "The Last of Us Part 2" In fact, the responsible parties were not affiliated with Sony Interactive Entertainment or Naughty Dog, because rumors had spread. The publisher refused to comment further, however, as the information is currently part of an ongoing investigation.
Initially, leaked gameplay videos, cutscenes, debug menus and additional content hit the internet through social media and beyond, where fans investigated and disseminated the content quickly. The footage was examined by threads on user threads, offering early thoughts on what they thought the game might involve based on the content in the wild.
Those leaks began to appear just a few weeks after the announcement by Naughty Dog that the team was indefinitely delaying "The Last of Us Part 2" due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Naughty Dog announced a new release date for "The Last of Us Part 2," after the leaks and their influence on the gaming ecosystem, putting it out in the hands of gamers on June 19.
"As we begin to see an ease in the global distribution environment, I am pleased to confirm that 'The Last of Us Part 2' will arrive on June 19," read the official announcement for the new release date of the game.
A message posted to Twitter from the developer indicated that the past few days had been "incredibly difficult." "We feel the same," read their statement. "It's disappointing to see the release and sharing of pre-release footage from development. Do your best to avoid spoilers and we ask that you don't spoil it for others," it said. "'The Last of Us Part 2' will be in your hands soon. No matter what you see and hear, the final experience will be worth it."