The Last Of Us is dark. Really, just very… dark.
And although we'll be in the same desperate, post-apocalyptic setting, the upcoming single-player expansion, Left Behind, will be more "playful" in tone. So says voice actress Ashley Johnson (Ellie) in a new PlayStation Blog interview :
"You'll definitely see a more playful side to Ellie and get to know her a bit better. You're going to see a lot of different sides to the character that you definitely didn't see in The Last of Us."
The new downloadable content focuses on Ellie's life before she met Joel, when she survived with a friend name Riley. It's the first single-player DLC Naughty Dog has ever created, and it will introduce players to the "real" Ellie. It will also cover the time period when Ellie was bitten by one of the Infected. Sure, that sounds all sorts of dire, but Johnson maintains that the theme is really a bit more "fun."
"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."
The combat will be familiar, of course, but the tone will be a tad lighter. And given the dark and forbidding nature of the game in question, I kinda welcome that change.
Related Game(s): The Last Of Us