The first singleplayer DLC for Naughty Dog's The Last of Us will come out on Valentine's Day, February 14th, 2014.
The add-on, titled The Last of Us: Left Behind, was initially announced about a month ago. Left Behind will serve as a prequel to the main story and detail a part of Ellie’s story alluded to throughout the original game. From Naughty Dog:
“Ellie returns as new light is shed on her relationship with Riley, her best friend from the military boarding school they both grew up in. After inexplicably disappearing for weeks, Riley reemerges in Ellie’s life with a surprising revelation. The two sneak out of their school for the last time, leading to a series of events that will forever change both of their lives. Naughty Dog continues to explore the themes of survival, loyalty, and love in their first ever single player DLC with The Last of Us: Left Behind.”
The DLC’s release date was recently found on the Sony Store and posted online by an eagle-eyed NeoGAF user, and the date has since been officially announced by Naughty Dog on their official website. Left Behind will cost $14.99.
In a recent interview with PlayStation Blog, Ellie’s voice actor Ashley Johnson revealed that Left Behind will be a little more upbeat than the bleak and brutal story of The Last of Us:
“It’s definitely different. It’s a little bit more “fun,” because you have two teenage girls going through a mall. It’s kind of like a post-pandemic version of two teenage girls hanging out. Definitely not a normal hangout! It’s very different — a little more playful.
There’s a bit of everything in there. You’re really getting a new sense of the environment. You’ll engage in combat that seems familiar from the original campaign, but there are some new touches and nuances, too.”
The Last of Us garnered multiple Game of the Year nominations (and a few wins) from gaming publications across the world, and a number of journalists and critics have questioned whether it’s necessary to tack on more chapters to the critically acclaimed story. However, hundreds of fans are clamoring to see more of Joel and Ellie, and Left Behind should be an interesting extension to the IP.
The Last of US: Left Behind will be available on on Feb. 14, 2014.