Naughty Dog has a new trailer for The Last of Us for you to check out, offering a first look at the newly redesigned character model for Ellie, the game's female lead. There's still no gameplay to look at, but there are also no gross, mushroom-headed zombies.
Instead, we watch as Joel and Ellie roll through an unnamed American city in a battered pickup truck while Hank Williams Sr. croons his country stylings in the background. A seemingly injured man appears in the road, but it is quickly revealed that he's the decoy for a gang of hunters.
Naughty Dog creative director Neil Druckman revealed in an interview with IGN that the changed look for Ellie is based on a desire to make her character look more like Ashley Johnson, the real life actor breathing life into Ellie's movements and words. Johnson is known these days for her voice work on Teen Titans and Ben 10 Alien Force, but gamers of a certain age will no doubt prefer to always think of her as Chrissy Seaver from Growing Pains.
There's still not much of anything revealed on how this upcoming game will play. The Last of Us is Naughty Dog's first non-Uncharted release since Uncharted was born in 2007 (no, the Jak and Daxter Collection doesn't count). We'll certainly be hearing more from Naught Dog at E3 in a few weeks, so stay tuned. For now, sit back and enjoy this new trailer, titled "The Sky Has Turned Grey."