The new Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End trailer is pretty dope. Naughty Dog trailers almost always are, just like its games. They’ve got a way with pacing and visual direction that few other developers can equal. But it looks like Drake’s thievery has gone a little too far this time.
At the 1:37 mark in the trailer, Nathan is staring at some art on his wall, a picture of a beach:
Azaïzia Aymar, the head of content for Assassin’s Creed, noticed something about that painting. It’s from one of his games: Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. My first instinct was to think that maybe Naughty Dog had simply licensed art from the same database or artist, but no. Here’s the concept art, in a slightly wider format, from the Assassin’s Creed wiki:
Another Ubisoft dev called it out as well in a now-deleted tweet, as well, directing some shade at a former Ubisoft dev now working at Naughty Dog.
Naughty Dog has not yet commented. The likely story: That ex-Ubisoft dev probably grabbed the art off his computer as placeholder art, and it got forgotten in the shuffle. If Naughty Dog comments, we’ll update this story.
UPDATE: Naughty Dog has provided an official response to the accusation of stolen artwork in their most recent trailer, stating that they “made a regrettable mistake and didn’t thoroughly vet the artwork used” for the painting in question. They’ve already updated the trailer (embedded above).
“We hold all artistry in high regard and take full responsibility for having allowed this to happen,” the post goes on to say. “We want to sincerely apologize to everyone at Ubisoft, the Assassin’s Creed team, the original artist, and our fans.”
Here’s the new artwork: