Neil Druckmann, the creative director behind The Last of Us, has said that the team was considering some DLC for the 2013 title which would have related to Ellie’s mom, but sadly it never came to fruition. While it’s too early to say whether the recent HBO show is the best video game adaptation around, it’s certainly making waves, evidenced by the fact that TLoU is currently sitting pretty on IMDB with a score of 9.4.
Featuring one of the greatest video game character developments in recent history, not to mention a story that was both gripping and mature, the original The Last of Us, as well as its 2020 follow-up, have been shining examples of excellent storytelling in gaming. Given the series’ praise, it’s hardly surprising that a TV adaptation was pitched and eventually filmed, and while many others that came before it tended to not do so well, such as last year’s Resident Evil show, the cast and crew behind TLoU have managed to successfully translate the beloved post-apocalyptic title to the small screen.
In a recent interview with Variety, Druckmann discussed the recent adaptation and one tidbit of information did crop up which some will find interesting. When asked what he was most excited about when it comes to the show, the director mentioned the introduction of Ellie’s mom late in the season. He goes on to say that he originally wrote this as a short story, which sadly never came to fruition, before saying that The Last of Us was actually going to feature her as part of a DLC. However, much like the short story, this potential content also never saw the light of day.
Druckmann has also recently spoken about the clickers from The Last of Us, in particular how developer Naughty Dog wanted to differentiate the game’s infected antagonists from other zombie apocalypse releases at the time. Anyone who’s played the series will be more than familiar with having to creep around when these clicking creatures are nearby, making them one of the most intense enemies in the games.
There have been rumors that The Last of Us 3 is currently in development, but very little is known about the project. Given the popularity of the first two games, not to mention the current HBO adaptation, many would assume that a new entry in the franchise would be inevitable, even if the second installment did split the fan base to some extent.
The Last of Us Part 1 is out now for PS5, and a PC version launches March 3.