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Sony Apologizes to Neil Druckmann Due to 'Errors and Inaccuracies' in Interview

Sony Apologizes to Neil Druckmann Due to 'Errors and Inaccuracies' in Interview - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 29 May 2024 / 1,667 Views

Naughty Dog Studio Head and Head of Creative Neil Druckmann recently said his recent interview posted on Sony's official website was edited down and he ended up being misquoted.

"In editing my rambling answers in my recent interview with SONY, some of my words, context, and intent were unfortunately lost," said Druckmann at the time. "Well, here's the full long rambling answer for the final question about our future game..."

Sony has now removed the interview with Druckmann and has issued an apology.

"In re-reviewing our recent interview with Naughty Dog's Neil Druckmann, we have found several significant errors and inaccuracies that don't represent his perspective and values (including topics such as animation, writing, technology, AI, and future projects)," reads a message on the Sony Group Portal.

"We apologize to Neil for misrepresenting his words and for any negative impact this interview might have caused him and his team. In coordination with Naughty Dog and SIE, we have removed the interview."

The last new release from Naughty Dog was 2020's The Last of Us Part II and up to now have yet to announce their next game. The studio was developing The Last of Us Online, however, that was cancelled in December of last year. The developer did also release The Last of Us Part I remake in 2022 and The Last of Us Part II Remastered in 2024.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 29 May 2024)

Hahahaha damage control at it's finest

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VAMatt LivncA_Dis3 (on 30 May 2024)

Yeah. Sounds like they're BSing us now, to cover his ass.

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BraLoD (on 29 May 2024)

Funny the other article had a lot of people hating on him, and there is nobody posting on this one...

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Mnementh BraLoD (on 29 May 2024)

Yeah, I don't think anyone hated on him personally, people really disliked the statement. The statement wasn't from him after all, but from some Sony PR. Dunno, not much changes for me, as the statement is still shit, and I don't care too much which person in particular said it. It is shitty though from Sony to change his words without clearance. It is basic journalistic integrity to show the cited stuff before printing (or publishing on the web).

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G2ThaUNiT BraLoD (on 29 May 2024)

I hated the implications of the initial statement. Didn’t have anything to do with Neil himself. Idk how something of this magnitude gets this screwed up though lol. Someone in that journalist side is getting fired lol

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Trentonater BraLoD (on 30 May 2024)

Neil has a long history of saying similar things. People didn't question it because it was honestly in-character for him.

"We try so hard at Naughty Dog to push things and then games come out that are fun and exciting and get visceral things right, but to read in reviews that they have an amazing story is disheartening to us because we work so hard at it. We really hope we can raise the bar." is one that annoyed a lot of people a decade ago.

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TheLegendaryBigBoss (on 30 May 2024)

Did they use some AI to summarise his interview and paste it on the website?

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More likely they interviewer had to reduce the size what even Neil admitted was 'rambling'. A lot of normal interview speech might not actually be good to portray the message in an article. They just did it wrong.

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GoOnKid (on 30 May 2024)

Wtf we're back in kindergarten now.

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