‘The Last of Us: Left Behind’ Story DLC Trailer Teases Ellie’s Life Before Joel

Published 1 year ago by , Updated November 16th, 2013 at 10:55 am,

Although tonight’s PS4 All Access Event was supposed to be all about Sony’s forthcoming platform, there was one PS3-related announcement thrown in for good measure. But this wasn’t any old PS3 announcement, but was our first concrete details about The Last of Us‘ upcoming story DLC, which we now know will be titled Left Behind.

Naughty Dog Co-President Evan Wells took to the stage to unveil the first trailer for Left Behind, which will serve as a prequel to the main game. In this DLC, players will find out what Ellie’s life was like before her adventures with Joel, as she explores the post-apocalyptic landscape with her friend Riley. Some might recognize Riley from the American Dreams prologue comic that was released through Dark Horse earlier this year.

In the teaser trailer (seen above), we see Ellie and Riley approaching what appears to be a dilapidated fairground, complete with carousel. Much like The Last of Us‘ main campaign, the visuals in the trailer, specifically the lighting effects, are top notch. There are unfortunately no clues as to how gameplay might work in Left Behind — whether Naughty Dog will break from The Last of Us‘ formula, or simply adopt it for a younger version of Ellie – only this brief tease.

The Last of Us Left Behind Trailer

As far as Left Behind‘s story is concerned, details are slim. We now know who the protagonist of the story DLC will be, but we don’t know what type of narrative Naughty Dog has crafted. Some backstory was provided thanks to a blog post from Naughty Dog’s Arne Meyer which explains that Riley is a mentor of sorts for Ellie. The post also reveals that the Left Behind DLC will explore the two girls’ relationship much in the same way The Last of Us explored Joel and Ellie’s. And hopefully, will learn more about the nature of Ellie’s immunity.

No release date is given for the DLC unfortunately, although PS Blog claims it will be available some time in early 2014 for $14.99. As a follow-up to one of 2013’s Game of the Year contenders, Left Behind has some big shoes to fill, but Naughty Dog has yet to steer us wrong, so we’re excited to see more of this DLC.

Now that we know a little bit more about The Last of Us‘ first story DLC, what do you think? Do you want to know more about Ellie’s life before meeting Joel? What questions do you hope to have answered?

The Last of Us: Left Behind is slated for an early 2014 release on the PS3.

Source: Sony

TAGS: Naughty Dog, PS3, Sony, The Last of Us

  • The mighty avenger

    I’m definetley surprised they went with this. Was almost convinced they would do ish.

    But non the less. Ellie is amazing and I can’t wait to play as her!! I wonder how combat will be cuz obviously we won’t be killing cuz she gets her first kill in the journey with Joel. But I’m excited to see her relationship pre Joel and her lifestyle pre Joel. Also hopefully we learn more about her immunity. I’m guessing fireflies will make a appearence and maybe we’ll see them portrayed as the good guys.

    Def excited. Been waiting for this!

  • vladiator

    Cant wait!!

  • Mark Hard

    This is the most ridiculous idea ever. A prequel really? Plus out of all the exciting characters they decided to focus on Ellie. A DLC is supposed to add on the experience not set players back. On top of this it’s a prequel why!? There’s going to be no combat gameplay whatsoever nothing engaging what is this then Last of Us Temple Run? They should have put the focus on new characters.

    • Jacob

      We may play as Riley and she may have combat abilities who knows? Food for thought

    • Jerry

      Jeez. Do people need combat and shooting all the time to have fun?

      It’s a story driven game. They are exploring the episode when she got infected. And how is Ellie not an exciting character? Last time I checked, she was the main character of the story.

      • Mark Hard

        Yeah the really boring main character of the game. Also when it’s a DLC coming off Last of Us which was partially combat driven you need to still keep that element in there along with the survival element. It’s like making a story DLC to Call of Duty but instead of shooting your talking a walk in the park.

  • John Smith

    My favorite character is Joel and I’m disappointed that he will not be in the DLC. If they decide to do a sequel and Joel is still not in it I probably won’t even get the game. Also, there is so much background on Joel that was teased and we still want to know. The “Left Behind” story was already told and everyone knows how it’s going to end. It will be fun to play but kind of a buzzkill after the amazing first story where you didn’t know what would happen next.