The Last of Us Part II has been out for a month now and most players have already reached the ending. However, if you sat back and wondered why those specific turn of events took place, you are not alone. In a recent interview with GameInformer, game director Niel Druckmann revealed The Last of Us Part II originally had a very different ending.
ALERT – The Last of Us Part II end-game spoilers follow.
In the interview with GameInformer, Niel sat down with narrative lead Halley Gross to discuss the game’s ending. According to Niel, right up to the mid-way point of development, the game had a different ending. Originally, Ellie would have killed Abby at the end of the game.
Niel also explained how originally both Lev and Yara were killed in the early drafts of the story. However, it was decided to let Lev live after much consideration. This led the team to the decision where Ellie did not actually kill Abby at the end of the game and complete her story of revenge.
Gross claims that this route allowed Ellie to hold on to some of her humanity and avoid being lost completely.
The Last of Us Part II was a great game. Sure, I thought its story held it back a bit and its gameplay was tedious but it is still one of the best PS4 exclusives you can play this generation. You can read my review here and watch it down below.