Speaking to VG247, Naughty Dog have commented on The Last Of Us’ boxart, and the decision to keep one half of the duo Ellie at the front of the artwork, against the usual path of least resistance normally seen in games, especially ones from this genre.
After the issues with BioShock Infinite’s art recently, which was specifically designed to appeal to – Ken Levine’s word – Fratboys – there were fears that other games would follow suit. Not The Last Of Us, though, thankfully, as the team stand stoic despite apparent pressure.
“I feel like they don’t put women on the covers because they’re afraid that it won’t sell,” said Ashley Johnson. “It’s all gamers really know – and I don’t want to be sexist by any means – but I get the feeling, generally, that they think game’s won’t sell as well with a woman on the cover, compared to some badass dude on the front.”
“I agree with what Ashley said,” addded creative director Neil Druckmann. “I believe there’s a misconception that if you put a girl or a woman on the cover, the game will sell less. I know I’ve been in discussions where we’ve been asked to push Ellie to the back and everyone at Naughty Dog just flat-out refused.”
The Last Of Us is due out next May.