The Last of Us Part II is one of the most anticipated video games of the year, and the release date is quite close as the title will hit stores on June 19. It appears that an incident took place in Australia
Naughty Dog, the developer behind the title, has faced some issues related to unexpected leaks. Still, early reviews have praised the game, highlighting several elements, including the touching story, beautiful graphics, and the sheer scale of the in-game world.
Sparking a scandal
Many retailers who offer video games have also started to feature prominent marketing materials related to the game. One of them is JB Hi Fi, a popular Australian retailer that is quite popular in the country. The company may have landed in hot waters after an employee thought to play with promotional art of the game
According to images that have surfaced on several internet platforms, an employee of JB Hi Fi modified the cover of the game with the help of an image editing software, replacing the original title with the line “A Very Angry Lesbian.’’
While some internet users argued that this was merely a joke other, found it offensive, sparking heated debates among users. As one may infer, the revamped title is a direct reference to the fact that Ellie, the main protagonist of the The Last of Us Part II, is, in fact, a lesbian, with the fact being revealed in the Left Behind story DLC for the original game.
Sony and Naughty Dog have been quite proud of the fact that Ellie has served as an inspiring character for many people, and the fact that she is a lesbian has been highlighted in several trailers and presentations. It is unlikely that Sony will punish the retailer for the acts of the employee, but the person involved may face some consequences.