Last of Us Part II Director Apologizes for Uncredited Music in Trailer

Neil Druckmann apologized to Lotte Kestner for failing to properly credit her music in a Last of Us Part II trailer.
Neil Druckmann apologized to Lotte Kestner for failing to properly credit her music in a Last of Us Part II trailer. / Courtesy of Naughty Dog

Last of Us Part II director and Naughty Dog vice president Neil Druckmann apologized Tuesday for failing to credit an independent songwriter when a trailer for the game used music based on her work.

Seattle-based singer and songwriter Anna-Lynne Williams, who performs under the name Lotte Kestner, accused Naughty Dog on Thursday of using a replica of her cover of "True Faith," a song originally performed by New Order. Where the original is an upbeat synth song, Kestner's interpretation moves the melody to an acoustic guitar. Kestner's version also featured original orchestration.

A Last of Us Part II commercial released the day before showed protagonist Ellie performing the song in a manner very similar to Kestner's, including the use of whistling at one point in the song.

Druckmann now says Ellie's version of the song was inspired by Kestner's, and that Kestner deserved credit.

"Ellie's rendition of 'True Faith' was inspired by Lotte Kestner's haunting cover the song," he wrote. "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."

Kestner responded positively to Druckmann's apology Tuesday, reposting his tweet and thanking him.

"So proud this music has found a home in such an amazing project," she wrote. "Thanks to Neil, Naughty Dog and everyone at Sony."

The YouTube posting for the trailer now includes a credit for Kestner and a link to her Bandcamp page, where her music is for sale. Comments on the video itself are disabled.