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.
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