We got one such glimpse in the announcement trailer for
For one thing, it’s a way to build suspense. Of course we’re all going to perk up every time we see something new about the game, because there’s a chance we could be getting our first real look at Joel. The longer they hold off on showing him, the hungrier we are to know what’s really going on. It’s a smart way for Naughty Dog to pique our interest.
I also have a crazy theory that something’s up with his face. No, seriously. What if he has some kind of wicked scar or something that they don’t want to reveal yet? What if he lost an eye?
Naughty Dog has outright said that we will be playing as Ellie, and only Ellie, in the sequel. It is important to keep in mind, however, that they said we would only be playing as Joel in the first game, and didn’t reveal that Ellie was a playable character for the sake of the surprise. So I’m willing to bet we will be able to play as Joel, even if for a moment, in
And it’s hard to say whether Joel will make it out of this installment alive. Druckmann did also say that no one is safe from death, not even Joel and Ellie, and I have a sinking feeling that they could off him to further Ellie’s arc.
At the end of the day, I’m really just thinking Naughty Dog is dangling the carrot with this one, and I have to say it’s working—the lack of Joel has people buzzing. But what do you think? Is Joel really dead? Does he have to wear an eyepatch now? Why do you think they’re keeping him so hidden? Let us know in the comments.