Earlier this year at PAX Prime, Naughty Dog showed off a clip at its PAX Prime panel that featured an alternate ending for The Last of Us. That video has now been released.
Two things worth noting before you watch this clip: First, since this is an ending, alternate or not, it should go without saying that it is spoiler heavy. Simply put, you should not watch this unless you have completed the game. Second, this ending does have a few key differences from the one that made it into the game, but really it is meant to be lighthearted and not a serious alternate ending. Don’t expect Ellie to grab an LMG and lay waste to those around her, for aliens to appear, or anything like that. Call that managing expectations.
With that said, beyond the ending itself, the clip offers an interesting look at the work that went on behind-the-scenes of The Last of Us, including how the characters were fleshed out and digitized.