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The Last of Us: Bill’s Safe House Cinematic

Eric Monacelli's Avatar Posted by Eric Monacelli on Jul 13, 2012 // Community Strategist, Naughty Dog

While we’re still processing the awesome and inspiring reception from fans and critics at E3, we’ve been heads down working to make The Last of Us something to get really, really hyped about. To that end, we’re excited that our San Diego Comic-Con plans afforded us the opportunity to discuss our mocap process and share some new content. It was really just a small glimpse into what we’ve been hard at work developing but we think you’ll enjoy it greatly. Take a look:

We first showed this video during our San Diego Comic Con panel. If you listen carefully at the onset of the video you’ll hear the sounds of Infected hunting for Joel and Ellie. The pair manages to escape into the house of some guy in a gas mask. But are they safe?

The masked man is a new character named Bill. Bill knows Joel somehow and he owes Joel a favor. What for? Well, we’re not talking about that yet but you’ll definitely be hearing more about Bill and what makes him tick in the months rolling up to launch. For starters, we also revealed that Bill is voiced by accomplished Hollywood actor W. Earl Brown, who has appeared in numerous movies including Vanilla Sky, Scream, There’s Something About Mary and the upcoming movie The Lone Ranger. He also played Dan Dority in the acclaimed HBO series, Deadwood. There will be much more information to come.

It was a joy to talk with fans at SDCC about our mocap and performance process and to go behind the scenes on The Last of Us. Get ready for us to fire out more notes from the workshop as development progresses.

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+ VendettaLion on July 13th, 2012 at 6:55 pm said:

Now this is a true combination of cinema and electronic gaming, very impressive! My only wish is this game is as open world as it can illude to… imagine the next section of this game sending you on a hunt for these supplies in a large area of the game world (a la RPG). I could only hope, but in the hands of these developers I will still be impressed none the less, keep it up Naughty Dog; you are giving us gamers hope for innovation still left untapped. Thank You.


+ killersense on July 13th, 2012 at 6:58 pm said:

can’t miss it :P


+ Zacky-V-A7X on July 13th, 2012 at 6:58 pm said:

Absolutely Amazing!!!!! ND best developer ever!!!!!!


+ thunderbear on July 13th, 2012 at 7:08 pm said:

So awesome


+ Willaid on July 13th, 2012 at 7:13 pm said:

This game keeps looking better and better and it’s really exciting, the only thing i’m unhappy about is that we have to wait untill next year to buy and play it.


+ xxThe_Fuhrer-xx on July 13th, 2012 at 7:16 pm said:

Game still looks amazing since the last time I saw it at Sony Conference in E3. I will possibly Pre-order it if there if some cool incentives.


+ Xiophoam on July 13th, 2012 at 7:23 pm said:

Looks like it’s turning out to be a great game, and the graphics are really nice!
One thing though, will there be a way to turn of the coarse language? It’s not too bad but sometimes it’s awkward when people hear it and especially little children, so I was just wondering. Other than that, this game is shaping up nicely!


+ Ratpatrol01 on July 13th, 2012 at 7:36 pm said:

Best in game cinematic’s I have seen… your work is fantastic.


+ AJC3317 on July 13th, 2012 at 7:43 pm said:


it’s not a game made for little children


+ Ratpatrol01 on July 13th, 2012 at 7:46 pm said:

I fell the language is just right, the girl is being threaten. And I fell this is most believable, sure It can be sought out as something bad… but this is a M rated game. Please do not change bad language when the script deems it necessary.


+ Kidd_E-V on July 13th, 2012 at 8:02 pm said:

At first I wondered why Ellie sounded so much like Gwen Tennyson. It then dawned on me that her voice actor was Ashley Johnson as well. Also, Bill vaguely reminds me of John Marston.


+ ohiostatedog on July 13th, 2012 at 8:02 pm said:

Do you think you guys could implement some sort of *OPTIONAL* language filter?

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    + Eric Monacelli on July 14th, 2012 at 12:57 am said:

    The dialog is written to fit to the tone and mood of the game world. It’s a mature title.


+ angelspawn77 on July 13th, 2012 at 8:05 pm said:

Game looks incredible, can’t wait to play this sometime next year (please be early next year!)

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Why would they include that? It’s an M rated game, you shouldn’t buy an M rated game if you don’t want everything that comes with that rating.


+ ohiostatedog on July 13th, 2012 at 8:09 pm said:


OPTIONAL. And it would cater to a larger audience.


+ ohiostatedog on July 13th, 2012 at 8:09 pm said:

@27 Gears 3 did it. It’s not a lot to ask

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    + Eric Monacelli on July 14th, 2012 at 12:58 am said:

    it’s something we will consider for sure.


+ ps_n_blog_ac on July 13th, 2012 at 9:06 pm said:

damn first Ellie with a brick, now Ellie with a pipe lol GREAT! ps. i hate censorship but i guess for people who want it shouldn’t be to bad but one thing i’m sure about it that developers don’t like their creations to be censored it is a M rated game after all. ( i know i would hate to censor things if i was force to) can’t wait to buy the game :)


+ PainOfSarrow on July 13th, 2012 at 9:14 pm said:

@ 26, dude please tell me that your joking… dont start this language filter tren bull. M rated means anything to you ?


+ Charlieboysh on July 13th, 2012 at 9:23 pm said:

First time I stumbled upon some news about this game I sort of thought it were going to be an short PSN download-friendly indie-like title.
Well, now I’m sure it’s gonna be a full AAA BD game. Well I’m glad, and a bit disappointed at same time.


+ Kchow23 on July 13th, 2012 at 11:11 pm said:

2013 is going to be amazing!


+ Sephir007 on July 13th, 2012 at 11:35 pm said:

@29 You know that would involve a lot more work on dialog, this game has a lot of dialog, I would rather prefer for them to spend the time making the game larger or better..

You can always put subtitles and turn down the volume, or play it when there are not kids around etc..


+ D-Squad3 on July 13th, 2012 at 11:52 pm said:

Ahh, good to finally see a friendly character. I’m assuming this cinematic occurs after the demo from E3.

Anyway I’ve already got a feeling Bill is gonna end up dying.


+ MarinoBrea on July 14th, 2012 at 12:15 am said:

Wow, I can’t believe how good this game looks AND moves. It makes Uncharted 3 look like a freaking cartoon! (no offense to Uncharted which looks insanely amazing but TLOU has far superior character models and animation!) this is even more astonishing when you consider this game comes from the same developers who released that graphical marvel just last November.


+ Liamabob on July 14th, 2012 at 12:34 am said:

So when will you be announcing the amount of PS3s we need to run this? I suspect a whole render-farm’s worth.

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    + Eric Monacelli on July 14th, 2012 at 12:59 am said:

    Ha. Thanks for the kind words but it’s just 1. It’ll run on your PS3 just fine :)

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