Fans of The Last of Us could be forgiven for thinking that Ellie would be going solo after Part II's gameplay footage debuted at E3 last month.

However the game's director and studio VP, Neil Druckmann has now indicated that she will have a companion throughout her journey in the sequel.

"Well, so, Ellie used to be an NPC, but she’s the protagonist in this story, so the player is controlling Ellie," said Druckmann in an interview with Buzzfeed.

"Umm, it’s safe to say with the game that we made in the past that there will be some NPC with you in this story, even though we’re not showing [the NPC] in this demo."

While Druckmann has previously stated that the game will solely focus on Ellie, he has noted that Joel will still appear in the game.

As the main character for [most] of the original game, Joel took on a father figure role to Ellie throughout the story.

We're sure this latest development of an unnamed companion will only feed the on-going debate over whether Joel is alive or dead in Part II.

Be sure to check out the full Buzzfeed interview, where Druckmann and co-writer Halley Gross discuss everything from how to make a good post-apocalyptic world, to outdoing sister-studio Sony Santa Monica's God of War.

While no release date has been confirmed for the PlayStation 4 exclusive, one can still pre-order The Last of Us Part II at Mighty Ape.

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