Neil Druckmann has revealed that after the initial launch of The Last Of Us on the PS3, DLC featuring Ellie’s mother was almost in development at Naughty Dog. In an interview with Variety, Druckmann confirmed thoughts of a DLC, after an animated short idea “fell apart” – but the lost ideas will be explored in HBO’s adaptation. “I had written a short story after we had shipped the game already. It was supposed to be an animated short, but it fell apart and didn’t come to be. There was a moment where we almost made it a DLC,” Druckmann explained.

He further shared details of conversations with Craig Mazin, who “was immediately excited” by the prospect of a DLC. While it’s unlikely we’ll ever see an animated short from Naughty Dog chronicling the backstory of Ellie’s origins at this point, HBO’s The Last of Us will be picking up the idea for an episode later in the series. Not only will Ellie’s mom make an appearance, but she will be played by Ashley Johnson, the voice actress of Ellie in the video games. Druckmann added that, with Mazin, they developed the concept “in the most beautiful, poetic way, which is Ashley Johnson playing Ellie’s mom and she was the original actor for Ellie.”

Following the debut of The Last Of Us on HBO, sales for PS5 remake The Last Of Us Part I have seen a staggering 238% spike in sales. The last-gen edition of the game has seen a rise in popularity too. If you’ve already finished the first episode of The Last Of Us and you want more content, then be sure to take a look at FlickLuster’s review of Episode 1.

Let us know in the comments what you think of HBO’s The Last of Us so far, and stay tuned to GameLuster for more gaming news.

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