The recent Last of Us Part II trailer featured a cover of New Order's "True Faith" that was inspired by Lotte Kestner's own over of the song. Naughty Dog didn't credit Kestner, and this led to some controversy.
Writer-director Neil Druckmann has now apologized for the oversight. "Ellie's rendition of 'True Faith' was inspired by Lotte Kestner's haunting cover of the song," he said on Twitter. "Due to an oversight on our end, she wasn't credited as intended. Our deep apologies--we are rectifying this ASAP. We lope Lotte Kestner receives the recognition she deserves."
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
In a now-deleted tweet, Kestner said called out Druckmann and the team at Naughty Dog for this oversight. "Hey, are you aware the that the True Faith cover you put in your Last of Us 2 trailer is a replica of my cover that came out 10 years ago?" she said. "I wrote original parts not in the original song that are copied exactly by whoever covered it. I am heartbroken."
Kestner and Naughty Dog have now seemingly made up. Kestner said on Twitter, "So proud this music has found a home in such an amazing project. Thanks to Neil, Naughty Dog, and everyone at Sony."
In other news about music in The Last of Us Part II, the game features the Pearl Jam song "Future Days." Naughty Dog had to work hard to convince the band to allow the song to be used.
The Last of Us: Part II releases on June 19 for PS4. The game will also be playable on PlayStation 5 later this year, alongside thousands of other PS4 titles. Sony's PS5 event is scheduled for June 11.