The Last Of Us’ Ellie Was Going To Be In Uncharted
Before she became the character that we’re all familiar with in The Last of Us, Ellie almost became a character in the Uncharted series, Naughty Dog has revealed.
Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann had the idea of a game based around the parental-like relationship between an older man and a younger woman before he even joined Naughty Dog.
That concept remerged when the developer was working on Uncharted 2, before eventually developing into the game that became The Last of Us, Naughty Dog’s Bruce Straley told Eurogamer.
“We’d go to dinner a lot during Uncharted 2 and challenge each other on this kind of eco-concept of how can you tell a story through only gameplay,” said Straley.
“What if you didn’t have any dialogue. Could you build a relationship, build a bond with zero dialogue, and cry and emote and relate to those characters?,” he continued.
Here’s where that idea about telling a story centered on a relationship between and older man and a young girl came back in to play, with Nathan Drake playing the role eventually filled by Joel.
“We came up with this mute girl concept – and we were thinking about Drake at the time – and through gameplay she wakes you up, you climb up this rotten alleyway and this rooftop and she shows you her city and you can see the pride in the people and this place,” Straley explained.
We’re glad that Naughty Dog decided against implementing that idea in Uncharted 2 and instead let it evolve into the game that became The Last of Us, but it’s interesting to hear how the concept developed over time.