The Last Of Us: Violence “Necessary for the Story” – Naughty Dog
Critics preaching Video Games to promote violence have been sulking around corners since I can remember. A latest batch of the said preachers have begun targeting Naughty Dog’s upcoming title ‘The Last of Us’. In reply the studio has stated that “everything in the game is necessary for the story.”
The said words are of Neil Druckmann, creative director at Naughty Dog studios. He further says that they will not at all compromise on violence in their game. Everything has been carefully thought out to create an engaging atmosphere with a great story telling.
“For us, everything in the game is necessary for the story,” Druckmann said. “The reason Ellie is that age and the violence is that brutal is because of what we’re saying with the story. You have to buy into the conflict and desperation these characters live under. If you remove any of those elements, the story suffers, and that’s why we would never do it.”
The Last of US features Ellie, a 14 years old girl who ends up in a post-apocalyptic world setting where violence seems necessary for people to survive. A gameplay trailer shown at last year’s E3 featured some of the said violent scenes, which included a close-range execution with a shotgun and Ellie stabbing an enemy in the back.
“For someone like Ellie, because this is the only world she’s ever known, things we would find horrific and that would probably scar us for life are just everyday occurrences for her,” Druckmann added. “She can still, in a way, keep some of her innocence because of that. She pulls the humanity out of Joel, and this is really a coming-of-age story for Ellie.”
The Last of Us is an exclusive title to the PS3 and will release on May 7.