Naughty Dog apologises for using Assassin’s Creed artwork in Uncharted 4 trailer

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Yesterday, Naughty Dog released their first real story trailer for the impending action blockbuster, Uncharted 4. It’s a lovely trailer of course, showcasing just how damned incredible the game is going to look on the PlayStation 4 when it’s out at the end of April.

Unfortunately, the trailer used some art that was stolen from Assassin’s Creed IV: Black. There’s something delicious about the fact that art, from a game about plunderers and pirates, was used in a trailer for a game about a professional art thief, but I digress. A Ubisoft staffer who worked on Black Flag noticed the pilfered artwork in the trailer.

It didn’t take long for Naughty Dog to pull their trailer, recut it to remove the offending artwork. They also issued this response, which is about the classiest thing they could do under the circumstances.

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.

On Twitter, Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann admitted the mistake.

Here’s the redone trailer, with the offending artwork removed.

Last Updated: February 25, 2016

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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