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.
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.