While The Last of Us Part 2 will only have one playable character, Ellie, that doesn’t mean there won’t be other characters including NPC companions. In a new interview with Buzzfeed, Vice President of Naughty Dog, Neil Druckmann, confirmed the existence of an NPC companion in The Last of Us Part 2.
“Ellie used to be an NPC, but she’s the protagonist in this story, so the player is controlling Ellie. It’s safe to say with the game that we made in the past that there will be some NPC with you in this story, even though we’re not showing [the NPC] in this demo,” Druckmann explained.
“And our general approach is to say, ‘How do we treat them like people? How do we get them to behave honestly as those people? How do we give them interesting characteristics so that they can navigate the world, make meaningful actions, and surprise you in the way people do?’”
In the original Last of Us, Ellie was the NPC companion to Joel throughout the majority of the game. However, there was one section where characters could play as Ellie while Joel switched to the role of NPC. From statements made by Druckmann, it sounds like this element will be featured in The Last of Us Part 2. Of course, there’s no word as to how big of a part the NPC companion(s) will play in The Last of Us Part 2.
The confirmation of an NPC companion may come as good news to fans who continue to hold out hope that Joel will return in The Last of Us Part 2. While many feel it’s unlikely that Joel will return in the form of an NPC companion, it’s definitely not outside the realm of possibility. Especially now that Druckmann has confirmed the presence of an NPC companion in The Last of Us Part 2.
What do you think of the news that The Last of Us Part 2 will have an NPC companion similar in nature to how Ellie appeared in the original game? Do you think this NPC companion will turn out to be Joel? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments below!