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Naughty Dog Explain Why Ellie Was Changed In "The Last Of Us"

And something coming for E3.

Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann has explained to IGN why Ellie’s appearance has changed in the latest The Last Of Us trailer.

“When we came up with the character of Ellie we put a lot of thought into what we wanted her to look like, researching the facial proportions, coloring and bone structures of dozens of faces and bodies,” he said. “In addition to this, we held numerous casting sessions to ensure we had the right performance capture artist to represent Ellie, eventually selecting actress Ashley Johnson.”

“As we’re still in the midst of development with The Last of Us, the team has been continuing to put a lot of thought into the creation of Ellie. After delving further into the game’s narrative over the past few months, we decided to modify Ellie’s model to better reflect Ashley’s personality, and also resemble a slightly younger teen more fitting to the story.”

“We’re happy with the final result shown in the cinematic we have released today, and hope the fans like her too.”

“From the beginning we were trying to do something different, a darker look at the world, but with the depth of character and performance that Naughty Dog has been known for,” added Bruce Straley. “Somehow we managed to take everyone by surprise by revealing that Naughty Dog has a new game in the works.”

” It’s a game about the human condition. 20 years after a plague has decimated our society, how does man survive? When all moral and ethical codes have been stripped, who do you trust? After watching your friends and loved ones pass, do you think you could still love?” he asked.

“What is life without hope? We’re trying to make you feel these dilemmas while you’re playing The Last of Us.”

On the trailer, Druckmann said that they “wanted to whet people’s appetite before E3. This trailer is a nice little teaser that shows a good look into the world of The Last of Us. It also hints at the layers in Joel and Ellie’s relationship and frames their different perspectives on this world.”

“Our team has been working hard to have something ready at E3 that will please our fans. We’d love to say more, but we don’t want to spoil anything.”

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25 Comments
  1. IAmJacksMedullaOblongata
    Member
    Since: Nov 2011

    They’ve definitely softened her look a little. I think it looks great. But I’d say that anything NG turned their hand to.

    Comment posted on 16/05/2012 at 09:46.
  2. posem
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    looks no different to be honest.

    Comment posted on 16/05/2012 at 09:48.
    • GhostViper
      Member
      Since: Aug 2008

      Yeah, don’t see the difference either.

      Comment posted on 16/05/2012 at 10:07.
  3. three_leg_jake
    Member
    Since: Aug 2011

    “It’s a game about the human condition. 20 years after a plague has decimated our society, how does man survive? When all moral and ethical codes have been stripped, who do you trust? After watching your friends and loved ones pass, do you think you could still love?”

    So pretty much like every other post apocalyptic game/movie/book/TV series?

    Comment posted on 16/05/2012 at 09:54.
  4. stage1
    Member
    Since: Feb 2012

    Looks like this will be releasing in 2013 then.

    Comment posted on 16/05/2012 at 10:02.
  5. SH Number 7/Mini-Lipscombe
    Member
    Since: May 2011

    I didn’t even notice.

    Comment posted on 16/05/2012 at 10:07.
    • SH Number 7/Mini-Lipscombe
      Member
      Since: May 2011

      Just watched the original video and this, she looks exactly the same?

      Comment posted on 16/05/2012 at 10:09.
    • IAmJacksMedullaOblongata
      Member
      Since: Nov 2011

      Nope – go to 0:47 in the video and freeze it.

      Then look at this:
      http://mazahaka1337.deviantart.com/art/The-Last-of-us-Ellie-292647943

      She is definitely younger looking. They’ve also softened her features somewhat (probably a natural result of the age change).

      Ellie #1 looks about 16.
      Ellie #2 looks about 12.

      Comment posted on 16/05/2012 at 10:40.
      • SH Number 7/Mini-Lipscombe
        Member
        Since: May 2011

        Maybe I’m just really shit at telling age, I still think the first one looks like 14 or something I don’t see much of a jump. The new video she does look younger but not a massive age gap. Too me any way. Obviously I’m wrong.

        Comment posted on 16/05/2012 at 11:41.
  6. Bilbo_bobbins
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    Not seen the original so it doesn’t bother me anyway. Looks good, I’m interested, but the story doesn’t sound very original.

    Comment posted on 16/05/2012 at 10:28.
  7. Mickey2010
    Member
    Since: Jan 2010

    Didn’t realise! but i dont care teaser looks awesome! anything ND gets into normally comes out good right?

    Comment posted on 16/05/2012 at 10:30.
    • Dr_mohannad
      Member
      Since: Jul 2009

      Crash: one of the best game on playstation
      jack and daxter: the best plat former on ps2
      uncharted: the best game ever
      the last of us: could it bring back silent hill’s days?
      bottom line, naughty dog rocks

      Comment posted on 16/05/2012 at 13:58.
  8. TSBonyman
    Member
    Since: Dec 2009

    Not too bothered about the change but i guess it’ll make more sense when we play the game.I like the way they’re talking about the game though – it’s sounding like it might be the game i wanted Dead Island to be!

    Comment posted on 16/05/2012 at 10:52.
    • bunimomike
      Member
      Since: Jul 2009

      Spot on, fella. Something with emotion like the trailer (for Dead Island). Total swing and a miss that turned out to be.

      Comment posted on 16/05/2012 at 13:07.
  9. Shadow_lawless
    Member
    Since: Aug 2010

    Looks a bit like the psn game ubisoft released a while ago can’t remember the name. But played the demo and I can imagine it being very similar. Demo was great though so I’m hoping NG can do something similar just up the everything

    Comment posted on 16/05/2012 at 10:54.
    • hazelam
      Member
      Since: Feb 2009

      I Am Alive?

      Comment posted on 16/05/2012 at 10:59.
    • Shadow_lawless
      Member
      Since: Aug 2010

      That was it I Am Alive. Sounds almost exactly the same sort of thing, complete with little girl

      Comment posted on 16/05/2012 at 11:01.
  10. hazelam
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    and not just to avoid any image rights issues then? o_O

    Comment posted on 16/05/2012 at 10:59.

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