Last of Us single-player DLC will feel "playful" compared to main game

Ellie voice actor Ashley Johnson describes upcoming Left Behind expansion as "post-pandemic version of two teenage girls hanging out."

Left Behind, the upcoming single-player expansion for The Last of Us, will feel more "playful" than the main game, Ellie voice actor Ashley Johnson said today on the PlayStation Blog.

The content, set before the events of The Last of Us and representing the first single-player expansion that developer Naughty Dog has ever created, will introduce players to the "real" Ellie and focus on her interactions with her friend Riley, Johnson said.

"You'll definitely see a more playful side to Ellie and get to know her a bit better," she said. "You're going to see a lot of different sides to the character that you definitely didn't see in The Last of Us."

Regarding how Left Behind "feels" compared to the main campaign, Johnson said you should absolutely expect something different.

"It's a little bit more 'fun,' 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. Definitely not a normal hangout! It's very different--a little more playful."

Players will engage in combat that feels familiar to the original Last of Us campaign, but Johnson made clear that there are "some new touches and nuances, too."

Johnson wasn't ready to spill all the secrets about Left Behind though, as she would not confirm if players will get to learn more about when Ellie is bitten by one of the infected, which she mentions during the main campaign while with Riley.

"Playful" appears to be the tone Naughty Dog and Sony are going for with The Last of Us' Left Behind expansion, as Riley voice actor Yaani King also used that word to describe the game.

"You're going to have a little more fun, I would say," King said in an interview with IGN. "One thing I can talk about is what you kind of see in the teaser trailer, the carousel scene… you get to be a little more playful, you get to see a side of Ellie, along with Riley, that is a bit more carefree, not so focused on the world that they live in and the reality in which they live in, but you get to explore a playful side of Ellie that you don't necessarily get to see. And you get to see her through Riley, who's kind of bringing these things out of her and loosening [her] up a bit."

Left Behind launches exclusively for PlayStation 3 in early 2014. It is included with the $20 The Last of Us DLC season pass and can purchased separately. The Last of Us was one of the few titles Sony demonstrated last week at CES 2014 running on the company's new PlayStation Now streaming service, which goes into beta later this month.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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322 comments
Battle_Pants
Battle_Pants

First DLC I'm looking forward too. Hope it will be as good as the full game.

Rain Bond
Rain Bond

I think the expansion of the story getting a perspective from this story will add to the emotional factor from when Ellie told Joel about Riley and how she became infected. But theres obviously more to the story than meets the eye.

Daniel Gagné
Daniel Gagné

There's a ton of singleplayer DLCs possibilities here... Hope this one sells good enough for them to care and create a couple more... I know I'll buy it, no doubt.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

All the kids on here who don't own PS3s................go get one. Why in god's name would you expect PS Now to be worth a shit? PS3 is cheap as hell right now.

jekyll
jekyll

It's already been seven months since release. What is the hold up? This would have been a lot more exciting if they'd had this out before Next Gen, not several months into it.

Bhemont
Bhemont

A lot of marketing around this one dlc, wonder if it is worth it.  DLCs rarely are.

pip3dream
pip3dream

a AAA release with not one but TWO female lead characters?  Has hell frozen over or something?  Can't wait, ND don't really know how to make a bad game as far as I'm concerned.



Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Whoa - a Naughty Dog game that plays like a game and not a badly acted movie!?!


Blea - I can't be bothered with a PS3 update to care.

sirkibble2
sirkibble2

I wish I had a PS3 to play this. I'm hoping PlayStation Now will rectify this problem of mine.

Roy Frostys
Roy Frostys

Never doubt Naughty Dog, people speculated the story line when they first announced TLOU being a post-apocalyptic zombie-ish game but it turns out to be a pleasant surprise. This shouldn't be an exception. Heres to hoping for a meaty campaign similar to Undead Nightmare :)

Evan Mitchell
Evan Mitchell

They could make a pretty good Midquel with Tommy as the protagonist.

santinegrete
santinegrete

Game was so warmly received and now they gonna put a worthy DLC... as good as it sounds I have to admit this makes me want to wait for a Last of Us "complete" retail edition. Don't know if to feel stupid or smart, since waiting for this is getting harder as time passes.

GNRWTTJ
GNRWTTJ

I can't wait for the DLC. I didn't own a PS3 (I'm an Xbox 360 and PS4 user) but I watched an entire playthrough of it and it was so similar to watching a movie. I'm excited to see what the DLC brings to the table.

Francisco Hernandez
Francisco Hernandez

You know what... shut up! I was excited when they announced it and I can't wait to play it. Don't get me wrong, I love the idea, but don't ruin this for the people who are excited like me!

James Rivera
James Rivera

Maybe a story before Joel and Ellie met or something about Tommie which could turn out really well if they tried.

WR_Platinum
WR_Platinum

I was hoping ND would continue where TLOU ended instead of going back with something that most players are aware of already. Pass.

Talavaj
Talavaj

So am I really the only one who remembers ND said this dlc would be about completely new characters ?

Anthony Baggies Brockhurst
Anthony Baggies Brockhurst

I think before the main story would be good, when Joel was with his brother and experience what they had to do to survive and what actually made them separate

Tanner Alvarez
Tanner Alvarez

Why not experience it? I personally wanted a DLC that covered the first few years after the game's intro. I'm sure that would have been an AMAZING story right there.

Ronnie Lee Cooper
Ronnie Lee Cooper

I personally would've loved some insight on what happened between Joel and Tommy during the 20 year time skip. But all in all I'm pleased enough. The comic didn't really explain enough anyway.

David Chang
David Chang

Riley is 16-17, and Ellie 13-14... I think, so... more 'playful' since its 2 young girls instead of a hardened killer? Yeah playful is how I'm going to describe it when clickers start showing up...

Jonathan Ward-Kelly
Jonathan Ward-Kelly

Of all the stories that they could have chosen, they chose this one. Kids & a story we already know!

yes_um_no_yeah
yes_um_no_yeah

Lets see. People complaining that it's taking too long to be released. If they released it earlier people would be complaining that it should have been put in the main game and that the developers are just milking us for some extra cash. People complain when DLC is more of the same when compared to the actual game. Were being told that were getting something different than the main game offers and people complain. Wait until it's released to make an assessment. The DLC will be following two girls and they described it as "playful." You guys act as if you're going to be hanging out at a mall, putting on lipstick and running around in dresses playing barbie playhouse crap.

jflkdjs
jflkdjs

I'm waiting for The Last Of Us 2 (fingers crossed) :)

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Sounds pretty interesting to me. I'll get it for the additions to the plot alone.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

I doubt everything in this article, will be a bunch of bollocks.

Silver Guy
Silver Guy

GTA 5 = the game that was supposed to be the game of the year of 2013

Frimmel
Frimmel

Still no confirmed date?

ForceSkin
ForceSkin

@jekyll That's a good thing. It means it wasn't ready when the full game released i.e. true additional content

mr_nee
mr_nee

@Sevenizz I guess this xbot doesn't know the difference between ND and QD

mr_nee
mr_nee

@sirkibble2 This and many more. I'd get a 100$ second-hand PS3 if i were you

yes_um_no_yeah
yes_um_no_yeah

@Talavaj They didn't say completely, they said new characters. Riley is a new character and Ellie and her are the only ones that have been mentioned. Maybe there will be more unveiled or you have to wait to play the game to find out.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Xbot? Did you miss the part where I eluded to owning a PS3?

Yes, I buy Microsoft products over Sony products which I believe to be inferior - but I also own a WiiU. That hardly qualifies me as an 'Xbot', but a gamer.