Anybody who was on the web across the launch of The Final of Us Half II is aware of it was a foul time. However whereas we, as followers and writers, noticed the vitriolic backlash unfold in real-time, it was far worse for the inventive group who was instantly focused by it. Laura Bailey, who performed the secret second protagonist Abby, has opened up about her expertise with harassment through the recreation’s launch cycle, and the way some disgruntled followers threatened her son, who was two years outdated on the time, as a result of they didn’t like her character.
In case you haven’t performed The Final of Us Half II, Abby kills Joel, the protagonist of the primary recreation, as a part of a years-long revenge plot for the demise of her father. A subset of followers famously lashed out about this, viewing it as a “betrayal” of kinds by developer Naughty Canine. This backlash prolonged to the solid of the sport, together with Bailey. Within the documentary Grounded II: The Making of The Last of Us Part II that premiered on February 2, Bailey tearfully spoke about demise threats that she acquired.
A few of these messages have been handed alongside to correct channels to make sure that Bailey wasn’t in any speedy hazard, and amongst them have been threats directed at her son, who was born throughout Half II’s improvement. In a phase of the documentary targeted on the backlash surrounding leaked cutscenes forward of launch, Bailey says this taught her to “maintain a distance” from the general public.
Bailey talked publicly concerning the on-line abuse she acquired across the launch of The Final of Us Half II back in 2020, and even posted screenshots of a few of what was despatched her manner. This included one message that was directed at her son and oldsters. This degree of harassment has change into so commonplace within the online game business, and public-facing girls within the house are most frequently the goal. Simply earlier this 12 months, Spider-Man 2 face mannequin Stephanie Tyler Jones needed to communicate out in opposition to individuals stalking her by leaving voicemails at her day job and making her really feel “unsafe.”
Seeing how individuals handled Bailey for taking part in a personality she didn’t write naturally makes me fear about how The Final of Us followers will react to Kaitlyn Dever, who will play Abby within the HBO Max live-action adaptation, as soon as the golf membership comes down. Lots of people have jokingly mentioned she must get off social media now, however taking a look at how terrible the response was to Bailey, perhaps it’s worthwhile recommendation.
The Grounded II documentary presents a behind-the-scenes take a look at The Final of Us Half II’s improvement and features a comfortable affirmation that Naughty Canine has an idea in thoughts for a 3rd recreation.