In an interview with Buzzfeed, The Last of Us Part II director Neil Druckmann hinted a tiny bit at whether Ellie will be going it alone in the man-turned-monster horrorland.
When questioned about the heart of NPCs and making one of the best NPC partners of all time in Ellie, Druckmann decided to spill a bean or two about the gameplay and story.
“Well, so, Ellie used to be an NPC, but she’s the protagonist in this story, so the player is controlling Ellie,” Druckmann said. “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. And our general approach is to say, again, How do we treat them like people? How do we get them to behave honestly as those people? How do we give them interesting characteristics so that they can navigate the world, make meaningful actions, and surprise you in the way people do?”
The E3 demo, which was shown during Sony’s E3 showcase, had an older Ellie stealthing through and inevitably killing everyone in a small area. In that demo, as Druckmann said, Ellie went it alone through the entire thing, though she definitely could have used a little help from some friends. Druckmann is pretty careful about what he says, so he probably wouldn’t talk about the other character unless they plan to reveal them before too long.
Do you think Ellie’s NPC partner has already been shown in some story cutscenes? What role do you think they’ll play?