Naughty Dog are being very secretive and not telling us much about The Last of Us Part II. We know you will be playing a Ellie but there’s no sign of Joel, the main character in the first game. Could Naughty Dog swapped the roles, so Ellie is playable and Joel is the NPC companion?
Neil Druckmann, the director of The Last of Us franchise, has told Buzzfeed that Ellie won’t be alone but wouldn’t say who her partner is.
“Well, so, Ellie used to be an NPC, but she’s the protagonist in this story, so the player is controlling Ellie,” said Neil. “Umm, it’s safe to say with the game that we made in the past that there will be some NPC with you in this story, even though we’re not showing [the NPC] in this demo.”
Neil went on to explain that the first game was about the “sense of irrational, unconditional love a parent feels for their child,” but says “with this game, a lot of our conversations are about hate, but it’s a more complicated, kind of nuanced thing.”
“How do we explore that? How do we make you feel those feelings and lean into them, and then make you reflect on them? And I can’t say more than that without kind of spoiling the whole story,” he adds, “But everything we’re constructing, the situation we’re putting the characters in, is to explore that basically.”
Well that sounds like The Last of Us Part II is going to be a jolly romp, doesn’t it?