Last week artist Lotte Kestner claimed Naughty Dog ripped off the song played in The Last of Us Part 2‘s most recent TV spot from her. Despite the similarities between her song and the one in the TV spot, she went uncredited. No one knew how Naughty Dog would respond to these allegations, if at all. But Neil Druckmann, creative director of The Last of Us Part 2, admitted on Twitter that Kestner’s cover “inspired” their version of the song. He called it an “oversight” and promised to rectify the situation.
Ellie's rendition of “True Faith” was inspired by Lotte Kestner's haunting cover of the song. Due to an oversight on our end, she wasn't credited as intended. Our deep apologies — we are rectifying this ASAP. We hope that @lottekestner receives the recognition she deserves.
— Neil Druckmann (@Neil_Druckmann) June 10, 2020
It rightfully upset Kestner when she found out Naughty Dog sampled her work without credit. Fortunately, she seems satisfied with how Naughty Dog is responding to her allegations. She even thanked Druckmann, Naughty Dog, and Sony in a tweet.
So proud this music has found a home in such an amazing project. Thanks to Neil, Naughty Dog and everyone at Sony. https://t.co/FJ2r5Xgbgs
— Lotte Kestner (@lottekestner) June 10, 2020
With all that’s been happening with Naughty Dog — from a major leak, to a delay caused by the coronavirus — it’s not surprising that something like this could slip through the cracks. However, it is nice to see the studio admit fault and give credit where credit is due.
The Last of Us Part 2 will be out June 19 only on PlayStation.