HBO’s adjustment of Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us will sometimes “deviate significantly” from the video game, according to executive manufacturer and video game developer, Neil Druckmann.

In an interview with IGN, Druckmann validated that while a few of the discussion will be raised straight from the very first video game, it was more vital to protect “the philosophical foundations of the story” than stress over information such as “must [a character] use the very same plaid t-shirt or the very same red t-shirt”.

“That’s method lesser to us than getting the core of who these individuals are and the core of their journey,” he stated.

“Things in some cases remain quite close. It’s amusing to see my discussion there from the video games in HBO scripts,” Druckmann included. “And in some cases they deviate significantly to better impact since we are handling a various medium.

“For example, in the game, there’s so much action you have to have to train the player about mechanics. You have to have more violence and more spectacle to some degree than you would need on a TV show because you don’t need to train people on how to use a gun. So that’s something that’s been really different, and HBO’s been great in pushing us to move away from hardcore action and focus more on the drama of the character.

“Some of my favourite episodes so far have deviated significantly from the story, and I can’t wait for people to see them.”

Druckmann also confirmed that prosthetic tests are currently underway for the Clicker, and his first glimpse of it was “awesome”.

“It’s so rad to see this thing come to physical life,” he said.

ICYMI, Pedro Pascal will play Joel and Bella Ramsey will play Ellie in HBO’s The Last of Us program.

Pascal, who played Oberyn Martell in HBO’s Game of Thrones and the title character in Disney’s The Mandalorian, stars as “hardened survivor” Joel in the series, which takes place 20 years after civilisation has been destroyed. Continuing the HBO / Game of Thrones connection, Bella Ramsey, who played Lyanna Mormont in the show, will portray Ellie.

Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin is penning the script and executive producing alongside Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann. Kantemir Balagov will direct the pilot.

The Uncharted movie and The Last of Us TV show are “just the beginning” of Sony’s PlayStation push beyond games, the company recently stated.