The Last Of Us’ Box Art Refuses to Put Ellie at the Background

The Last of Us Cover Art | Wikipedia

Once again, game developer Naughty Dog has shown why they are well respected in the gaming industry.

The Last of Us’ box art features two main protagonists, Joel and Ellie. Although both were featured in front of the cover, Ellie was given a prominent position. Will that affect sales? Naughty Dog doesn’t actually care.

In a recent interview with VG 24/7, Ashley Johnson—who voices Ellie in the game—on what people generally think when a woman is on the front cover.

I feel like they don’t put women on the covers because they’re afraid that it won’t sell. It’s all gamers really know—and I don’t want to be sexist by any means—but I get the feeling, generally, that they think games won’t sell as well with a woman on the cover, compared to some badass dude on the front.

Naughty Dog’s Creative Director Neil Druckmann agrees. He added:

I agree with what Ashley said. I believe there’s a misconception that if you put a girl or a woman on the cover, the game will sell less. I know I’ve been in discussions where we’ve been asked to push Ellie to the back and everyone at Naughty Dog just flat-out refused.

In relation to this, he also posted a tweet regarding players’ reaction to The Last of Us’ cover art.

So glad people like the box art. See, you can put the girl in the front!

The Last of Us: Synopsis and Gameplay

The Last of Us is a post-apocalyptic action-adventure game, developed by Naughty Dog. It focuses on Joel and Ellie, trekking across a post-apocalyptic America while hiding from scavengers, military forces, and the clutches of the Infected.

The Infected are humanoids whose sole aim has become spreading the fungal infection. On the other hand, the scavengers are those who were able to survive outside the quarantine zone. They see the two main protagonists as their latest prey.

It is set twenty years after a cordyceps-type fungus has killed millions of people. While survivors are hemmed inside quarantine zones that is maintained under Martial Law, Joel promised to an old friend that he will get a young girl—Ellie—away from the harsh regime. However, the US military are determined to bring the girl back under their power.

Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us will be available worldwide on May 7, 2013 as a PlayStation 3 exclusive.

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