Naughty Dog is bringing the next big hope for video games as more than "Pew! Pew! Arghg you're so dead" to our screens and control pads next year in the form of The Last of Us. Sure it's a post-apocalyptic tale set in a dystopian future where a mutated fungus has set man against man, and woman against man...
...but, creative director Neil Druckmann states that the characters in the game, well, "They do some pretty dark stuff. I don’t know how much I can say without spoiling the story, but they’re both in the same boat, and the way they see it, there are other people who would kill them for the supplies they have. They’re going to take the first shot if they need to.”
He finds agreement in employed actress Ashley Johnson who plays 14 year old Ellie (she's "not a normal 14-year-old girl" in fact, she is "wise beyond her years and not your average teen").
Ms Johnson says, "I’ve worked in films and on TV, but I feel like so much work goes into a video game. I mean, it’s been over two years now of people working so hard – all of the animators, all of the developers – and I feel like they should be rewarded for that a little better.
“Some of the stuff that Neil has written has been very dark… Some of what we’ve shot has been so dark, and has completely ruined my day in a good way, without giving too much away. It hasn’t been too hard to get into the mindset of someone who feels beaten down, and that their life is hard, because we remember everything that we’ve shot, and it’s just like, ‘Wow, we’ve been through a lot."Full Last of Us piece is over at VG247 and well worth a read it is too.