Naughty Dog recently released a brand new trailer for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End which teased the story and locations in the game. Unfortunately, the trailer appeared to use a concept art from one of the Assassin’s Creed game which was caught by the Head of Content of Assassin’s Creed series at Ubisoft.
His tweet pointed out the exact same artwork that was used in the official story trailer. It was later confirmed that the artist who worked on that concept art was still working at Ubisoft, which made it a strange addition to the trailer because it was used without consent from Ubisoft.
Naughty Dog appears to have taken this issue rather seriously and quickly removed the original trailer and have replaced it with a brand new trailer featuring a different artwork compared to what was seen in the original video. You can read their full response 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 apologize to everyone at Ubisoft, the Assassin’s Creed team, the original artist, and our fans.
You can watch the updated video below.
Azaïzia Aymar, who originally discovered this artwork acknowledged the change on his Twitter account.
— Azaïzia Aymar (@AymarMtl) February 24, 2016
Hopefully this new trailer clears any confusion over the user of an unauthorized artwork in a promotional material. It could be a simple mistake that went away unnoticed until the creator discovered it, as it happened with the use of a map in The Last of Us on PS3, which is another Naughty Dog developed game.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will be released on April 26th, 2016 for the PS4.