Neil Druckmann, writer director of the Last of Us Part 2, made a special post to send a message to all the haters of the franchise.
“I don’t remember exactly what I wrote, but I’m writing about my fears like I’m getting too much praise and it’s not being seen enough as a team project–but this is a Naughty Dog game, in every sense of the word,” Druckmann said. “I forget how I ended it, but it was something to the effect of, ‘Review scores are cool, but seeing your guys’ pride is what I live for.'”
“The reviews were awesome, and it’s great to hear people love the game and how much it resonates with them, but nothing comes close to hearing you, or Laura, or John, or any member of the team that has sent me an email since the game has come out to say this is the best game I’ve ever worked on. F**k the haters. Nothing makes me prouder that I’ve worked on in my life than this game.”
“Our job is not to maximize profits or sales,” he said. “The game is selling well, and I don’t care. Just to talk about sales for a second, I just want to sell enough so we can do it again. So Sony will keep trusting us and giving us the creative freedom to do whatever we need to do. And anything beyond that is just gravy.”
In addition, Druckmann speaking to actor Troy Baker, who plays Joel in the game, admitted that he wanted to send thank-you texts to every developer but the huge size of the team made that impossible. He also said he was writing a text to art director John Sweeney, with whom he clashed often throughout development, and he began to cry.
“When the reviews hit, he was one of the first people I thought of to text personally. I’m starting to writing this text to him, ‘Dude, I know we didn’t always see eye to eye…’ As I’m writing this text, I’m starting to cry, and I couldn’t even understand why I’m crying. I realize I can’t text everybody on the team–there’s just too many people on the team. I just have to write the whole team an email, and I’m not very good at that stuff.”
Thankfully, exept Neil’s message to haters, the last month we saw several The Last of Us 2 behind-the-scenes videos along with some news about the cut content from the game. In addition, be sure to read about Naughty Dog’s plans for future DLCs.