It was bound to make headlines eventually.
During an especially poignant scene in the Left Behind DLC for The Last Of Us , Ellie kisses her female friend, Riley. Unsurprisingly, this has kicked off a firestorm of questions and controversy. "Is Ellie gay?" is the first question on everyone's lips.
Well, Naughty Dog game director Bruce Straley has a response, and it's perfect: "Who cares?"
Speaking to GameSpot , Straley said the emphasis is simply on creating a great character:
"It's like 'who cares?' A good character is a good character and that's what we're after."
Additionally, creative director Neil Druckmann talked about the reaction they received concerning Ellie's involvement in TLoU. He said most people just assumed that Ellie would only be featured in escort missions and wouldn't really be a major character. On the contrary, Ellie played a huge role in the storyline and Druckmann says the "reception's been great." He said they "didn't set out to make a statement;" they just wanted to produce a super capable character.
This is how writing should be approached in any medium. If it works in the story, fine. If it doesn't and you're only doing it for political or social reasons, that's an insult to art. As for the Left Behind DLC, be sure to check out our recent review .
Related Game(s): The Last Of Us