The Last of Us story DLC will show a “more playful” Ellie
posted on 01.13.14 at 12:06 PM EST by (@salromano)
More information on Left Behind coming later this week.

The Last of Us

‘Left Behind,’ the upcoming single-player expansion for The Last of Us, will show a “more playful side” of Ellie, according to her actress Ashley Johnson.

“You kind of get to meet the real her,” Johnson said in a PlayStation Blog interview. “She’s in the quarantine zone prior to the events of The Last of Us — it’s her and her best friend Riley — what they do and how they live their lives in this world.”

She continued, “You’ll definitely see a more playful side to Ellie and get to know her a bit better. You’re going to see a lot of different sides to the character that you definitely didn’t see in The Last of Us. I’m excited for people to experience it!”

Johnson describe’s Left Behind’s campaign as “a little bit more ‘fun'” than the main game, “because you have two teenage girls going through a mall.”

“It’s kind of like a post-pandemic version of two teenage girls hanging out,” she said. “There’s a bit of everything in there. You’re really getting a new sense of the environment. You’ll engage in combat that seems familiar from the original campaign, but there are some new touches and nuances, too.”

Riley—Ellie’s best friend—is a newcomer to The Last of Us, played by Yaani King.

“[Ellie’s] relationship with Riley is vastly different to the one with Joel,” Johnson said. “Firstly, they’re best friends and secondly, they’re both teenage girls.

“There’s a playfulness and silliness that wasn’t necessarily there with Joel! It’s a different kind of relationship — I love it. Some of the stuff that we captured for Left Behind is my favourite stuff that we’ve done on the whole project.”

Johnson promises “there’s a lot you’ll find out about Ellie” in the upcoming downloadable content. There’s no release date for it yet, but according to Sony we’ll be hearing “much more” about what to expect from Left Behind “later this week.”

  • TetsuyaHikari

    More playful? Eh… Not sure I like the sound of that, haha. I enjoy Ellie because she doesn’t take any shit. She’s a strong independent girl that don’t need no onii-chan!

    Well, maybe Joel, haha. Still! It would kind of ruin my image of her to see her playful instead of uppity, brash, aggressive, etc. I mean, that sort of thing was fine when she was making jokes in the game or talking about comics, but… I don’t think I could handle this much content with her like that.

    • MrFinalgamer

      well this is her best friend we’re talking about, of course she’s going to fuck around more with her than a random 40-ish year old man.
      granted though, this is a prequel, so maybe we might get her trancision from a happy teenager to the tough ellie we all know and love

      • TetsuyaHikari

        True. I suppose something good could come from this. I think I’ll pass though. I already have enough on my plate with games as it is right now anyway, plus I’d like to remember Ellie just the way she was.

        • Budgiecat

          Too serious, Godmars….

          • TetsuyaHikari

            Yep, I guess I’m serious because I expressed how I feel about it.

            • Budgiecat

              too emotionally attached over dramatic, Godmars…

              Ellie wears short shorts..

              • TetsuyaHikari

                If I’m “too emotionally attached” and “over dramatic”, I wonder what that makes you for always biting at my heels every time I have something to say. Obsessive, maybe?

                • Budgiecat

                  your God….mars…

                  • TetsuyaHikari


                    This is why cats shouldn’t try to speak :p

                    • Budgiecat

                      Nope. You just didn’t get the pun XD

                    • TetsuyaHikari

                      Cause you’re not good at making puns, apparently XD

                      Now shoo, cat.

                    • Budgiecat

                      nah it was pretty simple: Your name is Mars and I am your God..

                    • TetsuyaHikari

                      If my name was ‘Mars’, I would have went God of War on your ass a long time ago. It figures a cat would have a god complex though… You’re straight out of an anime.

                      Now, enough. This is for The Last of Us DLC, not Free Forum banter X3

    • Aleksandrina

      Well… it makes sense. Riley’s her best friend, and she hasn’t experienced every bad thing from the base game -yet-. It’ll be interesting to see how she was before that. Character development is always a good thing in my opinion.

      • TetsuyaHikari

        No, I agree. Character development is good. It’s just that I have come to like Ellie for who I saw her as when playing through the game, ya know? I guess it would be like going through a Metal Gear game and seeing Snake laughing and whatnot.

        It just feels a little weird, that’s all, lol.

        • Anime10121

          Well, The things that happen in the mall’s DLC episode are what forced Ellie to grow up and learn the harsh truths of the reality they live in. I mean, she literally said so herself in the game…

          • TetsuyaHikari

            Yeah, I get that. The decisions we make in our past and such determine who we are today, so obviously Ellie went through the same thing. Still, I’d rather just remember her as a smart-mouthed brat, haha.

            • Budgiecat

              prequel, Godmars

              • TetsuyaHikari

                Of course it’s a prequel… What made you think it wasn’t? I just finished explaining how the decisions of our past determine who we are today.

                • Budgiecat


            • Sevyne

              You could easily just remember her for that by not getting the completely optional DLC. I’m not saying that to be a smartass either. It really is your own choice.

              Edit: And I just read your post further down of you choosing to pass on it. All good!

  • César H. Sandoval

    This is based on the comickbook, right?

    • Budgiecat

      yeah i guess

  • Vayne

    Let me guess, this expansion is more to show the story of Ellie, will have not firefight and killing.

  • Bryce Blalex Douglas

    This will be the first game I buy DLC for since I just finished the game last night. Man was it amazong. Number 1 game of the year for me (2013 not 2014).

  • PrinceHeir

    finally some single player content from The Last of Us ^^