Two parts to this story: first of all we have a STUNNING new story trailer for April’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. If you’ve been wondering what the overall plot is about, this new trailer (that’s creaking under the weight of all this unseen footage) has you covered. Some familiar faces return, some new people appear, and there’s a shot that shows Drake and his brother on the African continent. Get a look at those next-gen baobab trees, people!
So how did Ubisoft get involved in this? Well, it’s awkward. This new trailer dropped online late last night, local SA time. It originally showed (Naughty Dog has since updated it) a VERY OBVIOUS piece of concept art from Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.
At about the 1:36 mark in the trailer, you see a framed picture of an island. Don’t bother looking for it now because the trailer that’s left on YouTube is the updated one with a new piece of concept art in it. You can see what appeared in the first trailer, and then the piece of Assassin’s Creed concept art underneath it. It’s just SO awkward.
Needless to say, the Internet imploded, with Ubisoft employees jumping onto Twitter to call out Naughty Dog’s total naughtiness. The developer didn’t have a leg to stand on, and pulled the trailer. It’s been replaced with the one we’ve embedded in this article. Naughty Dog also issued a formal apology and blamed placeholder artwork finding its way into the trailer:
“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.
Do you buy it? I’m in two minds considering somebody at Naughty Dog bothered to phtoshop the pirate out of the image. Anyway, it’s been fixed up and they’ve apologised. Ubisoft, however, has declined to comment officially.
Check out the trailer below. It’s really, really exciting stuff. The game is out on PlayStation 4 on 26 April.