In The Last of Us story trailer that was released before the horror survival game came out back in 2013, a certain part of it is spliced together in a way that makes it look like Ellie is forced to kill Joel.
Of course, that never happened in the game, but it certainly looks like it was supposed to happen if you start watching the above trailer at around 1:31. Speaking with Official PlayStation Magazine, Creative Director Neil Druckmann admitted that Naughty Dog “purposefully deceived” players with the trailer, but only did so to make the game’s real ending more of a surprise.
We purposely deceived [players] with certain trailers. [The] shot where Joel’s on the floor and he looks kind of sick and he turns up. That shot was made just for the trailer. Just to make it look like he’s infected or there’s something wrong with him, and then it’s juxtaposed with a shot of Ellie holding a gun, so everyone’s like ‘Oh my God, Joel’s going to turn and Ellie’s going to have to shoot him at the end!’ That was constructed in such a way so that people would guess that and think that that’s the obvious ending, and then we could turn it on them.
How do feel about Naughty Dog deceiving The Last of Us players? Did the trailer fool you at all?