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Death threats, hate mail over game

Game director Neil Druckmann (above) faced fan fury over The Last Of Us Part 2 (right), a tale of revenge set in a post-apocalyptic world.
Game director Neil Druckmann faced fan fury over The Last Of Us Part 2 (above), a tale of revenge set in a post-apocalyptic world.PHOTO: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT

The Last Of Us Part 2 game director and team saw the project through despite backlash from fans of the first game

Imagine getting death threats for making a video game. Game director Neil Druckmann has had that unfortunate experience.

The game is The Last Of Us Part 2 (TLOU2), which might well turn out to be the most divisive game of the year. It is a story of revenge between two women, Ellie and Abby, for the deaths of the father figures in their lives. The backdrop for their violent confrontation is a post-apocalyptic, post-outbreak world with infected, zombie-like humans.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 29, 2020, with the headline 'Death threats, hate mail over game'. Print Edition | Subscribe