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'The Last of Us: Left Behind' DLC combat will have new touches

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Sony and Naughty Dog revealed new details about the first story DLC for the Playstation 3 exclusive, The Last of Us. Left Behind will provide a familiar experience to those that have played the game but will bring some new additions as well not only with the characters but the combat as well. Hints were also dropped about the expected playtime and release date as well.

This time around, Ellie is joined by Riley, a slightly older teenage girl that has survived and lives in the quarantine zone with Ellie. Players will get a chance to see a little more like what it is like at the boarding school that Ellie mentioned in the main campaign and how she and Riley ended up leaving.

Unlike the main campaign though, Ellie will be the only playable character in Left Behind. That suggests a markedly different experience as she's not yet the girl who slowly earns Joel's trust to wield a weapon and later becomes self-sufficient. In a follow-up comment on the PS Blog, Naughty Dog's Eric Monacelli said that the combat in the DLC "will be familiar some new touches and nuance to it."

Monacelli wouldn't give an estimate for how long it will take to play through Left Behind only to say that it "varies from player to player but it's a good chunk of time."

A release date for Left Behind has been released not been released beyond "early 2014" but Naughty Dog has confirmed that it will be $14.99 or free with The Last of Us Season Pass. Monacelli said that the official release date will be coming soon.

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