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Naughty Dog Confirms Song Used In Trailer Was ‘Inspired’ By Uncredited Artist

Naughty Dog confirmed allegations that a song that was in the most recent TV spot for The Last of Us Part 2 was inspired by a cover of musician Lotte Kestner. Neil Druckmann, creative director of The Last of Us Part 2 apologized on twitter. Kestner appears to have forgiven the mistake and has thanked those involved for giving her credit. She even showed gratitude for being associated with the project.

The Last of Us 2 admits song inspired

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.

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.

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.

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