With ludicrously refined weapon animations, texturing, and modeling, players would be hard-pressed to find graphical flaws in The Last of Us 2. However, Redditors have now discovered a strange bug in the game which sends Ellie’s iconic rifle flying out of her hands.
In a video posted to thelastofus subReddit, user TheUFCVeteran3 pulls out Ellie’s rifle while in front of a mirror. As Ellie scowls down the scope, the gun jumps to the right, leaving her hands empty. TheUFCVeteran3 then swaps between their vast arsenal, demonstrating that it’s only the sniper rifle that has this erratic tendency.
The rifle is one of The Last of Us 2's most powerful weapons and is the only one Ellie carries that has a first-person scope. Commenter LeftTwixIsBetter highlights that in order to get that first-person perspective, the developers have cheated somewhat by physically moving the rifle above Ellie’s right shoulder, where the third person camera is. The game appears to push the rifle’s scope up to the camera while culling its barrel to give players a better view of their target and prevent clipping.
User Cabruh relays to curious Redditors that the developers likely knew that this quirk would appear in the end product, but made a calculated decision to leave it unchanged to save developer time. As Cabruh points out, it’s unlikely that the average player will use their scope in front of a mirror, though developers should never put anything past players who found hints to Abby in The Last Of Us 2's opening chapter. This quick and efficient workaround is much less time-consuming than creating a bespoke solution to a small issue noticed by a minority of players.
Smoke and mirrors will always be a feature of video game design, even in the high budget, triple-A space. As user BlackDeath3 astutely puts it, “Even the most detail-oriented, visually-stunning games are going to involve a lot of fakery.”
The Last of Us 2 is available now on PS4.