‘Left Behind’, the single-player story expansion for The Last of Us, will feature a side of Ellie that wasn’t quite visible in the original game, according to her actor Ashley Johnson.
In an interview on the official PlayStation Blog, actress Johnson stated that Left Behind will feature a ‘playful’ side of Ellie that wasn’t quite there with Joel.
“You’ll definitely see a more playful side to Ellie and get to know her a bit better. You’re going to see a lot of different sides to the character that you definitely didn’t see in The Last of Us.”
The game will also feature a new character called Riley, who is Ellie’s best friend, and also a teenager.
“You kind of get to meet the real her. She’s in the quarantine zone prior to the events of The Last of Us — it’s her and her best friend Riley — what they do and how they live their lives in this world.”
Johnson stated that the experience of Left Behind is fairly different from The Last of Us, which was more grim and serious. Though the theme will remain similar, she said that it is ‘a bit more fun’.
It’s definitely different. It’s a little bit more “fun,” because you have two teenage girls going through a mall. It’s kind of like a post-pandemic version of two teenage girls hanging out. Definitely not a normal hangout! It’s very different — a little more playful.
There’s a playfulness and silliness that wasn’t necessarily there with Joel! It’s a different kind of relationship — I love it. Some of the stuff that we captured for Left Behind is my favourite stuff that we’ve done on the whole project.
As for the gameplay, she suggests there would be plenty of familiar and also a bit of added twists to make it feel fresher.
“You’re really getting a new sense of the environment. You’ll engage in combat that seems familiar from the original campaign, but there are some new touches and nuances, too.”
She also hinted that the expansion would tell players a lot more about Ellie’s character and background.
Sony promises that we’ll be hearing ‘much more’ about Left Behind later on this week, so stay tuned for whatever that ‘much more’ is.