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Sony retracts fabricated ‘interview’ with Naughty Dog boss Neil Druckmann

Last week, Sony released a seemingly innocuous piece of fluff touting its long-term “creative entertainment vision,” complete with interviews with key employees. Neil Druckmann, head of Sony’s Naughty Dog studio, is one of them, and his interview has caused a stir in the gaming community. According to the interview, Druckmann said artificial intelligence can “create nuanced dialogue and characters” and said a new game being developed by Naughty Dog (but not yet officially announced) “could redefine mainstream notions of gaming.” The head of the studio beloved for The Last of Us and Uncharted franchises has made some strong and potentially controversial statements.

The problem is, Druckmann was grossly misquoted by his own employer. “That’s not exactly what I said,” Druckmann told X a few days after Sony published the interview. He then went on a full-blown Ellie revenge mission against Sony, releasing part of the original interview transcript. (To be honest, he’s actually very polite – even powerful people can only grit their teeth.) Anyway, things don’t add up here.

Games journalist Stephen Totilo shared his own comparison of what Druckmann said and what Sony published, bolding in Sony’s response what Druckmann never said — —These words are the bulk of the quotation. Sony basically put the words in his mouth and published them, triggering a classic gamer panic.

To be fair, if I were Druckmann, I’d be pissed too. Look at this slaughterhouse!

Now, five days later, Sony has completely removed the interview from its website. However, not only did they delete the page, they kept it up and apologized to Neil and the Naughty Dog team “for any negative impact this interview may have caused.”

My favorite thing is:

In revisiting our recent interview with Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann, we discovered some significant errors and inaccuracies that do not represent his views and values ​​(including animation , writing, technology, artificial intelligence, and future projects, among other topics).sony

So everything he says about animation, writing, technology, artificial intelligence, and future projects is wrong. Hey, at least they clinch His name and title.

For the morbidly curious, you can still read “The Interview” on archive.org.

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