What can we expect in The Last of Us 3?
The Last of Us Part II was the perfect swan song for the PS4: on a purely technical level, what Naughty Dog could do with the ageing hardware is incredible. It also changed the world of the series for fans – shocking them with more plot twists than we thought were humanly possible.
One of the new faces in Part II is Abby Anderson. While good ol’ Ellie has been a fan favourite ever since the first game, things might be changing as we head towards a highly likely The Last of Us 3.
What if The Last of Us 3 changes focus the same way Part II did?
A New Perspective
Even before Part II was released, we knew that Ellie would be the game’s main character. What we couldn’t guess was how shocking Joel’s fate would be. If there’s something that we have to keep in mind as the release of The Last of Us 3 draws nearer is that no one is safe in the game’s cruel world.
The whole plot of Part II was about revenge, viewed from two very different – yet similar – perspectives. Players would control Ellie and Abby, a newcomer and the daughter of one of the doctors that Joel killed at the end of the first The Last of Us. Both women have reasons to seek revenge against the other – what with Abby killing Joel in front of Ellie and all.
However, by the end of Part II, Ellie seems to understand the futility of revenge in her devastated world. Ellie is broken by the end of the game, losing everything she ever held dear due to her fruitless quest for vengeance.
Unlike Ellie, Abby has a lot going for her if we get to see her story continued in The Last of Us 3. After being slaved and nearly killed multiple times, Abby has learned about the error of her ways. While her actions in the earlier parts of the game could be considered atrocious, she definitely exhibits more character growth than Ellie does.
While Ellie slowly becomes the game’s villain, Abby emerges as an unlikely hero: a person who’s learned that violence ultimately brings violence, and eventually finds solace in protecting those she holds dear. In a way, her relationship with Lev is similar to that of Joel and Ellie, which would make for a great starting point for The Last of Us 3.
Expanding Horizons in The Last of Us 3
Even Part II’s menu screen hints at Abby being the protagonist of the upcoming The Last of Us 3. After her confrontation with Ellie, Abby and Lev escape to Catalina Island to reunite with the remnants of the Fireflies. The main menu’s background then changes to a picture of a boat on Catalina Island’s coast, which implies that we might learn what happened to Abby and her companions in a future game.
Considering that Part II’s DLC plans have been “shelved,” we can only hope that Abby’s story continues in The Last of Us 3. One thing is for sure: by the end of Part II, Abby has become a far more interesting character than Ellie – and that tiny snippet we got of Ellie trying to play the guitar with her mangled hand is the perfect conclusion to her tragic story of survival.