The Last of Us (Credit: Sony/Naughty Dog)
The ending to Game of the Year contender The Last of Us is one of the most thought-provoking and controversial of the past several years. But it could have been different -- a lot different.
Developer Naughty Dog has released motion-captured footage for an alternate ending to the game that, well, certainly would have surprised players.
Before we go any further, you probably don't want to read on if you haven't finished The Last of Us. Spoilers abound in both the text and the video below.
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The game, as it stands today, ends with Joel saving Ellie from a certain death at the hands of Firefly doctors, choosing her well-being over the good of humanity, in a claustrophobic chase/action sequence. Originally, all of the action in the medical facility was set to play out as an extended narrative, essentially one long cut scene. But after some thought, the developer decided that would be cheating the player.
That doesn't mean it wasn't created, however. And in one of the last takes during the motion-capped film sessions, Neil Druckmann, the game's creative director, decided to have some fun. Some musically-inclined fun. The results were incredible:
Who knew Merle Dandridge (Marlene in The Last of Us, but perhaps better known as Alyx from Half-Life 2) had a set of pipes like that? And how smooth is voice-acting great Troy Baker for not only not breaking character and not breaking a smile, but quickly improvising along with her?
Alas, this motion-captured segment of the scene is likely all we'll ever see of it, but Naughty Dog does have some other DLC en route for fans of the game.
The team on Friday announced a new map pack for the game's multiplayer mode, set to arrive on Oct. 15. Fans, though, might be more excited about the announcement of a second piece of DLC, a story-driven, single-player expansion that introduces a new character and ties into the game's main narrative. That's currently planned for a December/January release.
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