Back in August, I wrote a post about what I thought would make some pretty cool ideas for the upcoming story DLC for The Last of Us. This week, Naughty Dog officially announced the content of this DLC which will be released early next year. And I was dead wrong on all my guesses. Honestly, though, I’m glad I was, because the story they chose to tell is possibly the best and most appropriate one they had.
The story will follow Ellie (who will be the playable character throughout the DLC) and her best friend Riley, who we learned about at the end of the game. As we learned in the game, the two girls had snuck into an area of the quarantine zone that was off limits, and the events that happened there eventually lead to the events of the main story. So in this DLC, we will likely see what happened on that fateful day, and much like Joel and Ellie’s emotional bond throughout the main game, we will also experience the close friendship of Ellie and Riley back before the main story unfolds.
When I wrote my post about what I would like to see in the main story DLC, this scenario was one that I had considered writing about. I chose not to, however, because I wasn’t actually expecting Naughty Dog to go in this direction. For one reason, it was because they had talked about focusing on a new character(s) and a different story, so I wasn’t expecting either Joel or Ellie to make a return for the DLC. Another reason I wasn’t expecting this story was because the relationship between Ellie and Riley is already covered in the prequel comic series "The Last of Us: American Dreams." I haven’t read these comics yet, so I don’t know exactly what they cover as far as the two girls’ story. I ordered the trade paperback as soon as I saw the news about this DLC, and I’m really interested to see how the comics and DLC compare.
Overall, I’m incredibly excited to get an expansion on what quickly became my favorite game on the PS3. Below, you’ll find the official launch trailer for The Last of Us: Left Behind, as well as a link with more information about the DLC. It’s a short trailer, but it says everything it needs to. This is going to be a good one.
For more info about the DLC (as well as Uncharted for PS4) click here.