The Last of Us: Naughty Dog apologises for hidden sex-chat numbers

Thursday, 27th June 2013 12:55 GMT By Dave Cook

The Last of Us is home to many secrets, but we’d never have guessed that a pair of hidden sex-chat numbers would be among them. As it happens, a gamer found the numbers, called them and sure enough, was connected the risqué services. Naughty Dog has now apologised for the error. Oops.

As reported by Kotaku, if you call these numbers – and we’re not saying that you should, mind – you will be directed towards an actual sex-chat hotline in the States.

Speaking with the site, the game’s creative director Neil Druckmann said, “That was an artist’s mistake. What happened was, they put some phone numbers in the game and then they thought they could just change the area code to 555, then it’s invalid because it’s what they do in movies. But I guess that doesn’t work when you have a 1-800 in front of it. We’re now working to take it out. It was just an honest mistake.”

Thanks MCV.



  1. OrbitMonkey

    Nothing more relaxing after a day scrabbling for survival, than to whack-off to some phone-sex eh?

    “Hey baby, I’m gonna shoot my spores all over your face! Clickety-click”

    #1 2 years ago

    HAHAHAHA Naughty naughty dog!

    #2 2 years ago
  3. CyberMarco

    They are indeed naughty I guess! :P

    #3 2 years ago
  4. YoungZer0

    … what are they apologizing for again? Serves you right for being a pervy wanker.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Bam007

    So wait… this passed as R18+ in Australia, where calling a phone number leads to a legitimate sex-chat hotline. But Saints Row IV was refused classification because of an “anal probe” and “alien narcotics”?

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Sciva

    They really don’t need to apologise for it, if someone under 18 was playing the game and called the numbers then it’s their parents or the shops fault for selling it to them. Why would you call numbers you find in a game anyway?

    #6 2 years ago
  7. YoungZer0

    @6: Some times it’s an easteregg where they would hide a message from the developer. Nothing new, really.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. dravenkaze

    Why would someone ring a number found in a game anyway

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Wertisdk

    Instead of apologizing and removing the numbers they should just make a press statement:
    “So fucking what?”

    It goes without saying that I don’t work with public relations…

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Kieran

    who ever put that number in will have a lot of explaining to do hahaha !!!

    #10 2 years ago
  11. redwood

    it says pest control.. not sex chat in the game. some people really have no life at all.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. MegaGeek1

    This doesn’t require an apology. The gamer who calls random numbers found in game textures needs to have his head checked.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. MCTJim

    got the solution..go outside, socialize with your friends and do something other than play games all day long.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Ireland Michael

    @13 Broad generalisation much? You don’t know the lives of whoever discovered this.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. MCTJim

    @14 yup…broad generalization…if I had put in there…hormonal male finds sex chat number while in a dark basement drinking pepsi/mountain dew and eating slim jims..that would be a generalization too. LOL

    #15 2 years ago
  16. redwood

    @14 hahaah..he was probably just referring to the fact that who ever did this … deserves a medal for trying out a phone number in a game texture, wonder how many other times he tried.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Batarius

    Apologize? Why? It’s a game where you kill people in rather nasty ways. But that’s okay. No problem. But calling a sex chat number is not okay?


    #17 2 years ago
  18. Armitage Shanks

    i used to try call the phone numbers in Shenmue, Fook-san is that you?…yeah…

    #18 2 years ago
  19. laughing-gravy

    MS bullshit again. Remember the crap with games like resistance at the PS3 launch. It’s happening all over again.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. MCTJim

    its true 555 prefix in front of the area code are indeed ficticious..but when you put 800 in front of it..its a valid number. They shouldnt apologize really, how is it their fault that he called the number?

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Old MacDonald

    I don’t get why people think it’s so odd someone tried the numbers. It isn’t that unusual to find easter eggs this way. And hey, if it had been a Valve-game, everyone would have called the number just to check if GlaDOS answered the phone.

    Not saying they need to apologize, but they should probably have checked first and I do think the right thing to do is to remove/change them.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Ireland Michael

    @21 Because its the Internet and people like to judge others and put them down to make themselves feel superior.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. silkvg247

    If I were naughty dog I would have called the owner of that sexline, and arranged a commission. ;)

    #23 2 years ago

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