With the imminent arrival of HBO’s The Last of Us adaptation, fans have taken to reimagining Part 2’s video game version of Ellie as Bella Ramsey.
Ramsey, who plays Ellie alongside Pedro Pascal’s Joel and Anna Torv’s Tess in the upcoming show, has previously stated that she believes Ellie is a “character [she] already had inside [her]”.
“Like the skins you use in a video game? She was already one of my skins,” Ramsey explained. Now, thanks to modders, she really is a skin in a video game.
This The Last of Us mod comes from Alejandro Bielsa (aka Vontadeh). Bielsa, who currently works on Playground Games’ Fable as a character engineering artist, explained that they were able to “modify the ‘neutral’ shape of Ellie’s face into a sculpt [they] made of Bella’s likeness.”
They note that the mod isn’t quite perfect, saying they “can’t change the different expressions [Ellie] do” in the game, “Ellie’s [original] the likeness seeps through when she is emotion”.
As such, Bielsa stated that the mod in its current form works “best when her performance is a bit more nuanced and close to her neutral pose, or when she’s angry or screaming while it hides the issues around the model’s lips”.
“We’re just fans having fun with a game we love, and we’re aware that it looks a little weird here and there, but at the end of the day, this was a mod made with care and out of love and respect for both Naughty Dog (and Outsourcing studios involved in the development of the games) and Bella, so we wanted to put it out there anyway,” they shared.
You can see for yourself how it all looks in practice via the video below (from Speclizer). please notethere are story spoilers for The Last of Us Part 2 in this video.
Bielsa has also managed to use his skills to modify Kratos and Atreus into the world of The Last of Us.
The discovered that “Ragnaroks and TLOU2’s [characters] share UVs”, and this apparently made “model wrapping and transferring attributes very easy”.
So, have you been waiting to see Kratos strumming a guitar for an attentive Atreus? Well, wait no longer because you can see just that in the video below.
HBO’s The Last of Us adaptation is expected to cover the entire first game and will debut on 15/16. January (depending on which side of the pond you are on). Should the show be renewed, the team has said that Part 2 would need to be adapted over more than one season.
“The amount of story that remains, that we haven’t covered, would be more than a season of television,” co-creator Craig Mazin shared with ConsequenceTV. However, he also explained that The Last of Us “isn’t the kind of show that’s going to be seven seasons, or six”.
“I just don’t believe in milking it,” he stated, noting that he feels “every episode should deserve your eyes.”