Yesterday, Naughty Dog excitedly released the official story trailer for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, but little did they know that they had used artwork from another game in their trailer. The artwork in question comes from the Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag concept art book.
Naughty Dog have since updated the trailer, removing the said artwork, but it wasn’t before Assassin’s Creed head of content, Azaïzia Aymar watched the trailer and spotted the image at 1:36 in the original video.
Woooow Uncharted 4 using one of ACIV artwork in their trailer… I get the "thief" title now! //t.co/rholpuvw9I lol at 1:36
— Azaïzia Aymar (@AymarMtl) February 24, 2016
The trailer above, linked with the tweet, is no longer active, and you can see Nathan Drake gaze at another image in the photo frame in the updated trailer below.
“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 apologise to everyone at Ubisoft, the Assassin’s Creed team, the original artist, and our fans.”
While it’s unlikely any bad blood will develop from the minor issue, it goes to show that if you ‘borrow’ someone else’s art, you may one day get found out. I doubt it was intentional by Naughty Dog either way.