In spite of developer Naughty Dog’s assertions that Ellie will be the only playable character in The Last of Us Part II, a recent developer comment seems to confirm players will control multiple characters in the upcoming survival game.
In a recent interview with JeuxActu, co-lead gameplay designer Emilia Schatz talked about Part II’s first gameplay, revealed at E3 2018. When discussing playable characters, Schatz explained that Ellie was the only character the developer was “ready to show,” implying more will be revealed down the line.
“At this point, we’re just ready to show Ellie as a playable character,” Schatz said. “That may change in the future, but we’re not really ready to talk about that just yet. I think there is quite a lot about this game that has not yet been revealed.”
Game director Neil Druckmann has explicitly said that Ellie will be the only playable character, but we at EGM weren’t buying it to begin with. This is primarily due to how Naughty Dog is known to structure narratives in its more recent game series, never cutting away to a scene that doesn’t result in gameplay. During the game’s Paris Games Week 2017 demonstration, fans saw a scene from the game where Ellie was nowhere to be found (and likely wasn’t even born yet if certain predications are accurate). Assuming Naughty Dog is continuing with its same successful narrative design in Part II, there would be no way out of that scene without letting the player control one of its non-Ellie characters.
Schatz also touched on the E3 2018 demo’s visual quality. While the demo was running on the PS4 Pro, she explained that there are no plans to downgrade the game, meaning what fans saw on stage is very likely what they’ll play, regardless of their platform version. Other details to surface about the game following its E3 2018 demonstration include how the sequel’s controls have been adjusted to fit Ellie’s hunting style, as well as how enemies will be smart enough to recognize each other.
The Last of Us Part II still does not have a release date for its PS4-exclusive launch.
Source: Gaming Bolt