The Last Of Us part 2 is one of the most anticipated PlayStation 4 exclusives and fans are eager to know more about the game. In the first game, Ellie was an NPC companion for most the game and was playable for a short while but, in The Last Of Us Part 2 Ellie is the protagonist and will have an NPC companion of her own.
Speaking with BuzzFeed, game director Neil Druckmann confirmed that in The Last Of Us Part 2, Ellie won’t be alone but will have an NPC companion throughout her journey.
However, he refrained from revealing the identity of the NPC companion which was also absent in the game’s E3 2018 presentation.
Well, so, Ellie used to be an NPC, but she’s the protagonist in this story, so the player is controlling Ellie. 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.
In the first game, Joel was the protagonist and Ellie was the NPC companion for most of the game and things are a little different in the upcoming sequel.
Ellie being the protagonist might be due to the fact that Joel was already quite old on The Last of US and in Last Of Us Part 2 Ellie has grown up.
However, we haven’t seen Joel since the first trailer for the game and if that trailer is any indication then Joel might be the NPC companion for Ellie. But, this is just speculation and we will know for sure once Naughty Dog reveals the identity of the NPC companion.
Also, the lack of Joel’s appearance sparked a theory that Joel might be dead in Last Of Us Part 2. But, according to Emilia Schatz at this point, they can only show Ellie which doesn’t mean that Joel is dead.
Where we are in development, we can only show Ellie as a playable character. This may change in the future, but I can not say more for the moment. There are still many things about the game that have not been revealed.
Speaking of the game, shortly after the game’s E3 2018 presentation, many thought that the demo showcased was Fake.
However, level designer Emilia Schatz shut down those rumors and confirmed that the gameplay demo showcased at E3 2018 Soy press conference is the representative of the final product.
The Last Of Us Part 2 is an upcoming adventure game in development at Naughty Dog exclusively for PlayStation 4. No release date has been announced for the game.