Yesterday, Naughty Dog revealed a new story trailer for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and it made the internet explode….for all the wrong reasons. As it turns out, a piece of art work that looked a lot like a piece of concept art from Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag made its way into the trailer. And it was no coincidence. Today, Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann took to Twitter to address the elephant in the room.
— Neil Druckmann (@Neil_Druckmann) February 24, 2016
Naughty Dog has since pulled the trailer, replacing it with an new on (above) and had this to say in their official statement:
In our eagerness to get the story trailer out we made a regrettable mistake and didn’t thoroughly vet the art work used for an in game painting. We’ve already updated the trailer. We hold all artistry in high regard and take full responsibility for having allowed this to happen.
We want to sincerely apologize to everyone at Ubisoft, the Assassin’s Creed team, the original artist, and our fans.
Obviously, this is the kind of thing that the internet eats for breakfast, but it goes without saying that this was an unfortunate event. In any event, it’s not likely to have any impact on what a lot of people feel is an early favorite for 2016’s Game of the Year. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End launches exclusively on PlayStation 4 on April 26, 2016.