My, My, You Certainly Look Different, Ellie

Just as people change, so do game characters. Over the course of development, their appearance is tweaked and altered. Just look how vastly different The Last of Us heroine Ellie looks in the latest trailer.

The official reason for the change? As Last of Us game designer Neil Druckmann told website IGN, "We decided to modify Ellie's model to better reflect actress Ashley Johnson's personality, and also resemble a slightly younger teen more fitting to the story."

Actress Ashley Johnson, perhaps best known for her role on Growing Pains, stars as Ellie in the game.

So does that mean we can infer Ellie was redesigned to look more like Ashley Johnson and less like actress Ellen Page? Because Ellie's earlier character design sure was a dead ringer for the Inception actress. And Ellie sounds like "Ellen". Perhaps the developers should call the character "Ashie" to drive the point home.

Check out Kotaku's eyes on impressions of The Last of Us.

New "The Last of Us" Trailer/ Metalmurphy [NeoGAF]


    Games = :)
    I want to play some TF2 hurry up Australia wake up.

    But sleep is sooo good!!!

    She still looks like Ellen Page, but now it's just a passing resemblance instead of being uncanny.

      I wonder If Ellen's Attorney is responsible for the changes :P

    Uh huh. Looks like they changed the camera angle and brushed her hair.

    the guy looks less older too
    maybe they made the gilr look older to make them closer in age?

      I think the detail is still there, it's just a subtle change in lighting and perhaps some minor background blur.

      They actually made her younger looking:

      “We decided to modify Ellie’s model to better reflect actress Ashley Johnson’s personality, and also resemble a slightly younger teen more fitting to the story.”

    It's not a major change, a better shot where both angles are the same would help point out the exact differences, but i looks like they've just refined the look a bit more, added more depth and basically made it look a bit more realistic rather than stylised.

    i think they are trying to make her look less like a "helpless little girl"

    she looks a bit more confident in the second photo

    It's just a change of angle in my opinion. And remember, these are paintovers of 3d models too. They alter promotional stuff like this all the time.

    Yeah the girl looks like Ellen Page and the dude could pass for Dennis Quaid (he had like a beard in Enemy Mine)

    He actually just looks like Max payne, looking at the adverts for max payne 3 and him side by side LOL

    Is it just me, or does she look even more like Ellen Page now?

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