Controversy has literally hounded The Last of Us 2 the past few months. There have been reports of development staff being overworked to meet deadlines. There have been delays as well, and then there was a series of leaks that put videos from key portions of the game in the public domain for the world to see. Sony claims to have “identified” the leaker, but hasn’t commented further on the same. Amidst this, there’s some good news as well. Naughty Dog VP Neil Druckmann has confirmed that the game has gone gold, and is on course for its June 19 release date.

On the day that this new release date was announced, several videos showing cutscenes, gameplay and plot details started flooding the internet. Unable to contain the situation properly, Sony took its own time to respond. As for Druckmann, he was quick to tweet that he was “heartbroken” at the whole situation. Rumours were doing the rounds that it could have been a disgruntled Naughty Dog employee who was responsible for this leak, but that didn’t turn out to be the case.

SIE revealed a few days later that the leaker was not in any way associated with Sony or Naughty Dog. However, no more information has been given by the company regarding the matter. Meanwhile, word on the street is that the leak took place after hackers found a security vulnerability in a patch for an older Naughty Dog game and used it to get access to the company’s servers, thereby grabbing valuable footage from The Last of Us 2.

Whatever the case, as you wait until June 19 for the much anticipated game to release, you must take care to stay away from the spoilers that have plagued the internet. We haven’t had a peak at them, but they apparently reveal key details about the game’s plot. Surely, no one would want to have a story they’ve waited years to experience spoiled by minor leaks, just weeks before it actually arrives.

Through a recently released video message, Neil Druckmann revealed that that The Last of Us 2 has gone gold, which means the game has been submitted for disc production in its final form. The physical version of the game will come on two discs rather than one, while the downloadable version will be around 100GB in size. Even as the developers have completed their work on it, they have also started working on the game’s DLCs and multiplayer content.

The Last of Us 2 continues the story of its predecessor, and puts you in the shoes a now 19-year-old Ellie, who comes into conflict with a mysterious Christian cult in post-apocalyptic United States. The game falls in the survival horror genre, and includes mechanics like improvising weapons, moving with stealth and more. It was first announced in December 2016, while development had apparently begun in 2014. And it’s only in 2020 that The Last of Us 2 is ready for release.

Given the COVID-19 situation, we’d most probably be forced to opt for the downloadable version of The Last of Us 2 when it arrives this June. But given the 100GB size, it will indeed be a long wait until we finally get to sink our teeth into it.