A new trailer for Naughty Dog’s new PS3-exclusive IP The Last of Us has today surfaced, revealing some design changes for main character Ellie.

The game’s creative director Neil Druckmann told IGN the changes were intended to reflect the personality of Ellie’s mo-cap actor Ashley Johnson, stating: “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.”

Honestly, I doubt I’d have noticed the difference if it hadn’t been pointed out, but it’s a good trailer; as much as I do like the Uncharted series, I’m looking forward to seeing something new from Naughty Dog. And sure, you could argue that the post-apocalyptic genre has been a little oversubscribed in recent years, but infused with the developer’s now-trademark interplay between their characters, I hope to see something with a bit of a different flavour come the 2013 release of The Last of Us.

See the new trailer below.

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