The Last of Us: Beautiful Grown Up Ellie Is Complete: It's Fanart but Neil Druckmann "Would Play it"

Remember the fanart from The Last of Us portraying a grown up Ellie by concept artist Marek Okon that made everyone believe in a sequel of the game for a few hours? It’s finally done, and Okon himself posted a long explanation on his Facebook account, echoed by Neil Druckmann, that mentioned that he "would play it."

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Axonometri1417d ago

Grown up? She still looks young to me.

Abriael1417d ago

She looks in her late teens.

inveni01417d ago

"Young" is probably pretty subjective. As is "grown up".

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Porcelain_Chicken1417d ago

Grown-up, teenager, young adult whatevs. It's beautiful, it makes for a badass wallpaper and I got an insane urge to run through TLOU again. See ya guys in 13 hours.

GribbleGrunger1417d ago

Once the camp found out she was immune and realised she could be dangerous, she would be ostracised or marginalised. Eventually the burden would get too great and she'd have to move on. I see Ellie as a pariah in the next game, a wondering and lonely person with a need to settle down but a reason to keep on moving. That's a story/character worth exploring.

Axonometri1417d ago

Funny I had similar ideas. Good visual tie in.

UltraNova1416d ago (Edited 1416d ago )

Good idea but the 2nd game should focus on Joel and Elie trying to survive after the world finds out about Ellie's immunity to the cordyceps. I can see powerful and influential people doing everything in their power to get Ellie while Joel gives his life to save her.

The 3rd one could then focus on a grown up Ellie in a much darker version of her, after all she lost everything including Joel the father figure she came to love and trust only to see him die for her to live another day on a wretched world who haunts her relentlessly. Maybe she can go offensive on those who killed Joel using her life long acquired survival/killing skills. I cant stress enough the part of her being dark, very dark. Revenge is a bitter sweet fruit we all hate to love.

Thats my vision...

GribbleGrunger1416d ago (Edited 1416d ago )

I feel a revenge story line would externalise the narrative just a bit too much and leave less room for an internal narrative. We need to be taken on a journey into Ellie's thoughts, feelings and motivations and I think that's best served by a sense of forced dislocation. This would give ND plenty of emotional conflict to play with, and so new sociological themes.

What would Ellie do given another chance to save mankind if mankind had just rejected her? That's one hell of a juicy dilemma. How would she view the lie in the face of mounting resentment? Perhaps she'd learn to forgive Joel or even thank him. Perhaps the realisation that her innocence had almost lead to her own 'pointless' demise would make her angry at the world.

Once an outcast, the journey would be one of self discovery through various encounters with different characters. Sure there has to be a plot to hang this all on but the plot should never become the overall narrative ... not if ND want to mirror what made TLOU so ground breaking.

UltraNova1416d ago (Edited 1416d ago )

Yes I get where you're going with this but lets not forget in order to explore all those sociological themes you need some kind of functioning society which the games setting wont/cant allow. The more time passes the worst the world becomes the hardest is to explore those themes.

I would hate to see this turn into another feel good/happy ending story of a viral (fungal in this case)outbreak destroys the world only to be saved by a frightened little girl with immunity. That's the very definition of cliche.

As for the revenge side of things I cant see why those inner feelings/battles Ellie has to face cant coincide or even elevate the story I have in mind!

Think about it..

Btw revenge isn't the primary theme here. Its the realization of the world gone bad and that one has to survive with all means necessary including that of avenging the ones who by killing Joel, her last glimmer of hope, contributing to her miserable state.

I don't know why but the story and especially the ending of the 1st game left me with a sense of uneasiness, a feeling that says there's no hope in this world and that survival is all that is left.

GribbleGrunger1416d ago (Edited 1416d ago )

I always find revenge a shallow motivation though. I'm not saying revenge isn't something that couldn't be part of the overall arc of the story, but it certainly shouldn't be the main backbone or motivation to drive Ellie from one location to the next.

Joel would probably tell her to keep her secret to herself, as he did in the first game; although that would become more problematic as time went on. If it was a small community then it would be feasible to suggest they could come to terms with her 'condition' but the penultimate camera pan was down into a large community.

The more she keeps her secret, the more estranged she'd become until eventually she would feel like a stranger amongst humanity, which would remind her of how she felt when she was forced into boarding school.

It wouldn't be a stretch to see her set off on her own. Meanwhile, the Fireflies would still be present and would probably still be looking for her. If, by chance, someone found out about Ellie before she left (or at least showed suspicion) then Ellie would become an exile AND a fugitive, leaving ND plenty of room to explore what that means to Ellie as a person, how it would change Ellie as a person and how the changing Ellie deals with those who forced her out and those that seek her out.

Revenge could be worked into this scenario too, but instead of it being the main motivation it would become just one small part of it.

The first game was about the characters and how the world they lived in effected/changed them and so ND would want to do the same again. That's the difference between a good story and a bad story and why 99.9% of all other games feel shallow in comparison.

UltraNova1416d ago

I would like to see ND pick up where the left off definitely.

My whole point revolves around Joel's potential death though. It will allow (force?)Ellie to evolve into a very complex character with the capacity to explore even more mature elements.

Well time will tell... one thing's for sure I cant wait for the sequel!

GribbleGrunger1416d ago

Yeah, same here. All I hope for is that ND approach the game in the same way but don't try to mirror the beats that were so successful in the first game: Character/story/plot/gameplay (in that order). I think that's probably why revenge puts me off a little. ND took two character and drove them though the story. It was the characters that decided the gameplay mechanics, not the other way around.

I want to see them do that again and I fear if revenge was uppermost in their minds they may end up forcing the characters into scenarios to fit the narrative which could end up feeling unnatural ... rather like David Cage has 'emotion' uppermost in his mind and ends up manipulating the plot in order to achieve that end.

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Lightning Mr Bubbles1417d ago (Edited 1417d ago )

I hope they don't try to turn Ellie into Kurt Cobain.

cyclindk1417d ago (Edited 1417d ago )

What matters here is, she's "old enough."

Jeez, some people right?

The maturity level around this place...

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-Foxtrot1417d ago

Good little backstory.

Make sense other people would come looking for the cure , like the idea of a woman leading her people to get her, maybe even the military. Ellie would get captured, Joel would go looking for her, Ellie escapes during the trip, they meet up, they try to escape together. It would give them an excuse to go to another country like the UK, like they take her to a science center in Glasgow but the planes lands in London.

GarrusVakarian1417d ago (Edited 1417d ago )

Wow, that single picture and that quote has my imagination running wild thinking about a sequel. Ellie in her late teens/ early twenties, just wanting to live a normal life but being constantly pursued and hunted by the military and bandits. I can just imagine some of the tense scenarios that Ellie would find herself in.

Please make it happen ND. Playing as a grown up Ellie would be amazing.

Conzul1417d ago

Goodness yes! T'would put Jodie Holmes to shame IMO.

Baccra171417d ago

I always felt that the "government" in TLOU knew far more about the plague than they let on. So I can see them coming after Ellie- but more to get rid of her than to get the cure.

Either way, I never felt that TLOU should be one and done with Ellie to begin with.

Rob4Vendetta1417d ago

Ellie's seen some shit man.Just look at her expression.

Abriael1417d ago

I would have it too with what's behind her lol.

Conzul1417d ago

Could just be a metaphor for what's on her mind / memory. That's why they're so ghostly.

Midgus1417d ago

brilliant piece. would be good if this set the tone for the next one

Austin481417d ago

Either way I want a sequel please naughty dog:)

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