The Last of Us was meant to be unveiled at E3 earlier this year, not at the Spike Video Game Awards last weekend.
The info is mentioned as part of a Eurogamer preview written by Johnny Minkley, which he also wrote that the secrecy of the project could have been pulled from Naughty Dog thanks to a lost iPad, belonging to writer on the project and creative director Neil Druckmann, which contained the VGAs trailer.
Before the E3 unveil was pulled, the studio included a small easter egg in Uncharted 3 which appeared to tease the title, but this was forgotten after the reveal was canned. This was discovered by the internet, and backed up by VG247, just a mere few days before the VGA unveil.
Naughty Dog co-president Evan Wells emailed staff before the announce to warn not to slip it up on Facebook or Twitter, noting: “Don’t be that guy.”
He said to Minkley: “We were very serious about keeping it a secret, limiting the people that we’re exposed to it even internally in Sony. It never crossed our mind that putting an easter egg like that in Uncharted 3 would rat us out.”
The Last of Us is set to release in either late 2012 or early 2013 for PS3.