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While a lot of the conversation surrounding The Last of Us Part II centers on whether or not Joel is still alive, and whether or not you'll even be able to play as Joel, there has been a much bigger revelation to come out of the news coverage centering around Naughty Dog's highly anticipated apocalyptic, survival drama. So what has so many people talking? It's that there is a possibility of The Last of Us Part II having more than one playable character, meaning that you may not play Ellie in the PS4 exclusive from start to finish.
In an interview with the French gaming outlet JeuxActu, co-lead game designer Emilia Schatz explained that it's possible that there could be more playable characters in the highly anticipated sequel...
At this point we're just ready to show Ellie as a playable character. That may change in the future, but we're not really ready to talk about that just yet. I think there is quite a lot about this game that has not yet been revealed.
This was in answer to a question from JeuxActu about whether or not there would be more playable characters in the game given that in the first game players were in control of Ellie and Joel, and this time around there's only Ellie.
However, Schatz making mention that Naughty Dog isn't ready to talk about playable characters in The Last of Us Part II right now means that there could definitely be additional characters that players could control at some point in the game.
In the original, players took control of Joel throughout most of it, but later on they were also able to play as Ellie.
Already, a lot of gamers have assumed that there could be multiple playable characters based on the one cinematic trailer that Naughty Dog released back in 2017 during Paris Games Week, where the trailer for The Last of Us Part II introduced three additional characters to the world, one of whom had a lot of people assuming she was Ellie's mother. However, given the timeline of events, it doesn't seem like the woman is old enough to be Ellie's mother. However, the setup for the trailer definitely hinted at the possibility of her being a playable character.
There are also plenty of fans hoping that Joel is playable at some point in the game, or at least present in some significant enough manner to reveal the outcome of his fate.
The game definitely takes place over the course of years, so there's really no telling exactly how many playable characters will be present or what the setup will be for the upcoming PS4 exclusive.
We still don't have a release date on the game, but it's heavy in development for the PS4 and PS4 Pro. I doubt we'll get a release date any time soon, but maybe by the end of the year -- possibly during Paris Games Week or The Game Awards -- we'll get confirmation on the actual release window for The Last of Us Part II.