Accepting a job at Naughty Dog must be quite challenging, not only for the actors but also for the developers who endured crunch during the development of The Last of Us: Part 2. The leaks of this title months before its launch forced the studio to delay the game indefinitely. The actress who played Abby faced a significant wave of harassment and toxicity for simply doing her job.
In a documentary about The Last of Us: Part 2, Laura Bailey shared her experience and the hell she had to live through after the game’s release. She revealed that she faced threats, some of which were directed towards her baby who was born during that time. The threats even led to police intervention to ensure her safety.
According to Bailey, the constant death threats were the worst part of the ordeal. She mentioned that the threats of death were particularly tough and deeply affected her. The situation became so dire that the police had to intervene to ensure her safety. The leaks of The Last of Us 2 almost completely broke Neil Druckmann, the game’s director, as he worked on the game alone and felt very isolated.
After these struggles, the game received positive reviews, which lifted the spirits of the developers. Druckmann expressed his initial fear of failure but was relieved when the game received high praise from one of the actors. The positive reception of the game brought a sense of accomplishment and relief to the team.
In the wake of these challenges, it’s clear that Naughty Dog faced a tumultuous journey in bringing The Last of Us: Part 2 to completion. Despite the obstacles, the game ultimately received positive feedback and praise from fans and gamers.