A new report says that the recent leaks of The Last of Us Part II were surfaced by some hackers that managed to infiltrate into Naughty Dog’s private servers. Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier took it to Twitter to report the fact that the leaks came from an early developed part of the game.
Schreier said that he talked to people ‘with direct knowledge’ of the happening, and managed to figure that a security flaw opened a back door into the servers and suggested that the video probably comes from an ‘early build.’
OK: After talking to two people with direct knowledge of how TLOU2 leaked as well as some Naughty Dog employees, I have a good idea of what happened. Short version: hackers found a security vulnerability in a patch for an older ND game and used it to get access to ND’s servers.
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) May 3, 2020
“I think the footage that leaked is from devs playing an early build (I haven’t watched it). Most importantly, rumors of this being an act of protest by a contractor whose pay was robbed are not true. (ND actually extended pay and healthcare benefits for contractors due to COVID),” the reporter further said.
Huge spoilers for The Last of Us Part II surfaced online last week, including video footage showcasing cutscenes and gameplay, as well as some crucial scenes. Although the original videos have been deleted from YouTube and Reddit by Sony, other versions are still online.
No Connection to Sony or Naughty Dog
Initially, it was believed that an unhappy Naughty Dog employee was behind the leaks, but Sony has later on reported that none of the people identified are connected in any way with either Sony Interactive Entertainment or Naughty Dog.
After the leaks appeared all over social media platforms, Sony stated: “We’re disappointed that anyone would release unauthorized pre-launch footage of The Last of Us Part II, disrupt years of Naughty Dog’s hard work and ruin the experience for fans worldwide.”
“We want everyone to have the opportunity to play The Last of Us Part II at the same time,” the statement continued, “and ask that viewing or sharing of the unauthorized footage be avoided.”
Naughty Dog also released a statement on Twitter, in which it said: “We know the last few days have been incredibly difficult for you. We feel the same. 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. The Last of Us Part II will be in your hands soon, no matter what you see and hear, the final experience will be worth it.”