Thursday, May 7, 2020

The Last of Us 2 Dog Killing is Listed by GameStop as In-Game Feature

GameStop adds "Dog Killing" as a selling point for upcoming PS4-exclusive The Last of Us 2 product page.

It seems that developer Naughty Dog and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment can't catch a break these days regarding their upcoming PlayStation 4-exclusive action survivor game The Last of Us Part II, set to release on June 19, 2020.

After a disastrous story leak, TLoU2 had to prompt its launch and has become available to order again from retailers online and GameStop has decided to include description of dog brutality as a gameplay feature to make matters worse.

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The Last of Us 2 Dog Killing is Listed by GameStop as In-Game Feature

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The Last of Us Part 2 is going to be an overly emotional experience for everyone and one violent aspect of its gameplay tasks players to make a hard decision where you might have to take down an attack dog just to save your own life.

GameStop tried to hype up players with a feature that is actually a regrettable in-game action and it didn't quite sit well with fans. Not only did they list "dogs" as a feature but unwittingly highlighted players' ability to kill them as well.

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Below is what GameStop included in product description for The Last of Us 2 listing on official website.

Dogs - One of the most noticeable new features of the game is the inclusion of dogs. These dogs are in the game to follow your scent and will attack you as soon as they have sniffed you out. The game doesn't pull any punches or "stray" from the idea that while you're playing as Ellie in a struggle to survive, killing dogs is necessary. You'll also have to deal with the fact though that each dog has an owner, which will call out the dog's name and cry in absolute horror when they discover their lifeless furry best friend. You've been warned.

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They also made a pun about how Naughty Dog doesn't pull any punches or "stray" from forcing players to kill dogs in some situations. Each of these guard dogs belong to a handler who would cry in horror finding dead bodies of their pet.

Nevertheless, advertising something like dog killing as a "gameplay feature" surely caused many people to turn their heads and it even Naughty Dog made a response to clarify that they were not involved in writing of product description.

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Naughty Dog director of communication, Arne Meyer has reached out to clear any confusion of said listing.


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Aside from recent statement, developers previously motioned that players won't necessarily have to kill dogs to progress in TLoU2. When you are attacked by one of those canines, it is entirely up to you whether you flee or kill it.

GameStop would likely to remove description of dog "feature" from The Last of Us Part II product page at some point and those who are very wary of any spoilers would better check out reader reviews section with caution.