That corroborated a thread from an anonymous game developer, Pixelbutts, who had earlier claimed to know the initial hackers, and went into detail on the process they used to gain access. He also claims that the initial hackers were not responsible for the leak, but that their method of entry to Naughty Dog’s servers was likely shared to those that disseminated the footage. Those leakers remain unknown publicly.
Pixelbutts subsequently told Kotaku that the exploit was fixed as of April 30. Neither Sony or Naughty Dog has made further comment on the situation since last week’s statement.
Original story: Sony has confirmed that the company has identified those who leaked large parts of The Last of Us Part 2 online, as well as that these persons were not members involved with Sony Interactive Entertainment nor Naughty Dog.
In a statement first reported by GamesIndustry.Biz and confirmed by IGN, Sony offered an update on its search for the leakers.
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“SIE has identified the primary individuals responsible for the unauthorized release of TLOU2 assets. They are not affiliated with Naughty Dog or SIE. We are unable to comment further because the information is subject to an on-going investigation. We’re looking forward to when The Last of Us Part II will be in your hands and can’t wait for you to enjoy the full experience on June 19.”
The Last of Us Part 2 creative director Neil Druckmann also commented on the leaks following the original publication of Sony’s statement, saying “Glad this got cleared up, but there are a lot of other false rumors out there. Looking forward to discussing all of this once the game is out.”
Potential The Last of Us Part 2 spoilers began leaking online en masse over the last week, just as Sony announced a new June 19 release date for The Last of Us Part 2. Since then, we’ve learned The Last of Us Part 2 will require 100GB of hard drive space on your PS4 or PS4 Pro.The Last of Us Part 2 had been delayed indefinitely early in April, and Druckmann addressed the delay at that time. Originally set for a May 29 release, The Last of Us has only had a few weeks’ delay ultimately, with fellow PS4 exclusive Ghost of Tsushima also being delayed into July from its original June 26 release date.
Jonathon Dornbush is IGN’s Senior News Editor, host of Podcast Beyond!, and PlayStation lead.