Naughty Dog tweaked Ellie’s model and you can see that in the brand new trailer that was revealed yesterday. We finally have the reason as to why they did that. I don’t really think the change is that significant, so Ellen Page fanatics don’t have to worry here.
Creative director Neil Druckmann mentioned to IGN that they changed here in-game model to make her look younger, and more like her voice actress Ashley Johnson. Game director Bruce Straley, also revealed that they will show some more stuff from the game at E3 – maybe a gameplay video.
“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. 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,” Druckmann said.
“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.”
“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,” Straley added.
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