The Last of Us "fanart" shows an older Ellie, Naughty Dog creative lead says "I'd play it"

Neil Druckmann says about Ellie: "Still braver and wiser beyond her years."

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The Last of Us concept artist Marek Okon caused quite a stir this weekend when he released a portion of a piece of "fanart" that some perceived to be a tease for The Last of Us 2. Now, the full image is available, courtesy of The Last of Us creative director Neil Druckmann.

"Still braver and wiser beyond her years," Druckmann says, presumably about the slightly older version of Ellie we see in the image. "Marek Okon's fanart is incredible -- I'd play it."

Both Okon and Druckmann refer to the image as "fanart," but Okon also teased: "Is it about The Last of Us 2? Not really… Maybe...It's classified."

In February, Druckmann said the chances of Naughty Dog making a sequel to The Last of Us were 50/50. The Last of Us launched in June 2013 and has sold more than six million copies to date. A sequel may not be on the immediate horizon, but Naughty Dog is bringing the game to the PlayStation 4 this summer through The Last of Us Remastered.

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Discussion

93 comments
black_nirvana_
black_nirvana_

The one female game character I believe I'd enjoy playing as the most.

shoguntake
shoguntake

"No sequel please"

Whilst I agree that Ellie and Joel's story has been told, it's not like ND wouldn't be able to pull it off if given the chance.

noncasualgamer
noncasualgamer

Can't wait for all the cut screens and action sequences. Oh, and that annoying f#cking girl also. She is going to be a wannabe Lara Croft. Mark my words.

tightwad34
tightwad34

So the one of the bosses at Naughty Dog says basically I would play a game WE made? Why in god's name is that even worthy of mentioning?

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

just save everyone the trouble and make a movie instead

gameroutlawzz
gameroutlawzz

When will they let this overrated sad excuse of a game die already? 

RG923
RG923

Just realized she's playing the guitar! That's awesome.

I personally feel like The Last of Us could easily stand on its own, but when I see a picture like this--something that's clearly expressing more meaningful, clear story--it's hard not to want to see that vision come to life.

VegasAceVII
VegasAceVII

What a beautiful artwork.  I normally don't comment or think so deeply about art, but that picture is EXACTLY what I pictured for her future.  

rasterror
rasterror

I've never played the game completely seeing that I sold my PS3 before this came out but I wish this game would continue with her as an adult. She's such a great character and Ellen Page did a great job portraying her.

djentmaven
djentmaven

No way they do not make Last of Us 2! 6 million units for a console exclusive is incredible and with more sales to come for PS4 version. Can't Wait

sortajan
sortajan

Kind of wish it'd come to PC so I could play it too.

daviz88
daviz88

guess joel passed his musical knowledge to ellie

atopp399
atopp399

He must really like his job if he creates art like this in his spare time even though he does the exact same art in his job.  I wish I had a job I was that passionate about.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

"....but Okon also teased: "Is it about The Last of Us 2? Not really… Maybe...It's classified.""

Oh come on! You can't just leave it like that. That to me seems like a pretty clear admission.

I'll admit the artwork is pretty cool, but I'd hope that any sequel that is potentially in the works doesn't reach beyond the ambitions of the first game.

tiopuit
tiopuit

If you are going to make a sequel it could be in the same world, but it would have to do very little with the plot of the original game.

wookiegr
wookiegr

Smooth, switching out the "I'd hit that" to "I'd play that".

NbAlIvEr10000
NbAlIvEr10000

Its pretty obvious that this game deserves a sequel.  One of the best games ever made!  Whether or not they choose to make a sequel the original will always stand the tests of time... I hope if a sequel comes they DO continue the story of Joel and Ellie, because there is just too much there not to continue their saga-- I know most would disagree with me, but I have total faith in ND in expanding this story and introducing more playable characters as well since we can assume this will be designed specifically for PS4 thus garnering more memory.

bubba_1988
bubba_1988

The only reason Ellie has a guitar is because Joel taught her right? Like he said he would, there is no other second double meaning. I also hope they never make another TLoU game. Just let it be. New IPs please.

coolguyhero
coolguyhero

I am sure that in the beginning of game joe is going to die.

Thegamer16
Thegamer16

Braver? Yes. Wiser? Uhhh no. Playing the guitar while a bunch of shadow creatures close in behind her is just not a great idea. Maybe she's banking on the infected eating them before they attack her. Maybe it's a new power-up like Diddy had in DK64. sssWeeTT

benleslie5
benleslie5 moderator

Guessing this could be the big surprise from Sony at E3 next month

Arsyad00
Arsyad00

where the grandma ellie?

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

I don't see the "older Ellie" part of this art. 

meedokicky
meedokicky

That is deep man! splendid work :]

justerthought
justerthought

@noncasualgamer 

lol are you talking about our lovely Ellie. Wow your a hard guy to please. Cold as ice. I guess it would threaten your manhood to bond with Ellie then. Lara Croft is an excellent game character, but Ellie has no need to compete with her. She has a magic all of her own. Your better sticking with Duke Nukem so you can do some male bonding while flexing your muscles and waving a BFG :)

SureBigBuster
SureBigBuster

Only two kinds of ppl call this gem overrated: XBots and COD fanboys.You gotta be either one...or maybe both

jhcho2
jhcho2

@gameroutlawzz  

What would be your idea of a game that isn't a sad excuse of a game? Call of Duty?

Quansword
Quansword

@rasterror  Ellen Page had nothing to do with this and you know it, you just wanted to troll the comments. Ellie here looks more like her voice actor than Ellen Page anyway, people always overlook poor Ashley.

endorbr
endorbr

@wookiegr Guess you like catching sexually transmitted mind eating fungus.

djentmaven
djentmaven

@elkoldo  This argument is so lame, Uncharted 2 destroyed the first, Infamous 2 was better, Killzone 2 was better, God of War 2 was better. See the pattern.  If there is a story to tell ND will do it and it will be amazing. As if a part 2 would lessen the greatness of the first. Its just asinine thinking

djentmaven
djentmaven

@benleslie5  Would make since considering the PS4 port but alas I don't think we will hear something for some time.

hystavito
hystavito

@FLEEBS  Yeah I was kinda thinking the same thing.  She looks very very slightly older, but they did say "slightly" in the article.

rasterror
rasterror

I honestly didn't mean to troll and made an honest mistake because the girl's name is Ellie. Honestly whoever the voice actor that played her did an amazing job and deserves many awards. You don't need to get so defensive.

tomelus
tomelus

@Quansword @rasterror 

Honestly I don't know the voice actor's name.  I made the assumption from the original post.  If it was Ashley Johnson then it was her that did a great job.

Regardless, a well done character.

elkoldo
elkoldo

@djentmaven @elkoldo  The father-daughter story ended perfectly and there's nothing left of that amazing story to tell.And I believe the original God of War was the very best in the series.

Kevlar101
Kevlar101

@elkoldo @djentmaven Or they could go the logical way and make the story about a different set of characters. 

That's the thing about post-apocalyptic stories. You want to try to tell as many different tales as you can, not reuse the same characters. I hope they don't use Ellie/Joel again, not because I don't like them, but because it would be so much more interesting if they told a new story, with new characters, perhaps set earlier in the outbreak than TLOU.