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Naughty Dog explains why Ellie has changed in latest Last of Us trailer

You may have noticed that one of the main characters in the latest The Last of Us video has changed in appearance since the first time we saw her. Well, Naughty Dog has now explained why.

Apparently, Naughty Dog wanted someone who would resemble a ‘slightly younger teen more fitting to the story,” therefore it went through many auditions in order to find the right person for the job.

“When we came up with the character of Ellie we put a lot of thought into what we wanted her to look like, researching the facial proportions, coloring and bone structures of dozens of faces and bodies,” Creative director Neil Druckmann told IGN. “In addition to this, we held numerous casting sessions to ensure we had the right performance capture artist to represent Ellie, eventually selecting actress Ashley Johnson.

“As we’re still in the midst of development with The Last of Us, the team has been continuing to put a lot of thought into the creation of Ellie. After delving further into the game’s narrative over the past few months, we decided to modify Ellie’s model to better reflect Ashley’s personality, and also resemble a slightly younger teen more fitting to the story.

“We’re happy with the final result shown in the cinematic we have released today, and hope the fans like her too.”

Naughty Dog is getting set to show off more of the game at E3, in fact it sounds like the studio is working really hard to make sure it impresses those awaiting more.

“Our team has been working hard to have something ready at E3 that will please our fans. We’d love to say more, but we don’t want to spoil anything.”

Watch the latest trailer here.

Edited On 16 May, 2012

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