The Last of Us introduces Tess, the strong, smart, and street savvy new character

The Last of Us is become less and less elusive as the days go by. Not only do we finally have a release date, but now we also have a new character reveal. Tess was shown off in the new trailer and it looks like she's going to be an integral part of the story.

A hardened survivor living in one of the last remaining quarantine zones, Tess operates in the black market of a city under martial law. Partners with Joel, they have become known within the criminal underworld for their ruthlessness. Street smart and confident, Tess is a savvy strategist and negotiator. Her ability to generate intelligent plans to secure the contraband for their trade is second to none.

Tess and Joel subscribe to the same dog-eat-dog philosophy. They survive by being willing to do what others can’t or won’t. Her trust in and loyalty towards Joel runs deep. However, secretly, she questions whether Joel shares the same emotions that she feels for him.

Tess is voiced by Annie Wersching, who you might recognize as Renee from the TV Series, 24. While there is no doubt the focus of the story will remain on Joel and Ellie, it looks like Tess will be integral to the duo's survival as well.

Don't forget to pre-order The Last of Us if you want to get in on the bonuses that come with it, and then look out for the game come May 7th, 2013.