It appears that Naughty Dog, taking a cue from their sly adventurer Nathan Drake, has been engaging in a bit of thievery of their own, pinching a piece of concept art belonging to Ubisoft.
As you might've noticed, the developer just recently released a gorgeous, if not litigious, story trailer for their upcoming title Uncharted 4.
But did you notice the still of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag's art in there, too?
Here's the image that appears in Uncharted 4's trailer:
Now compare that with Ubisoft's concept design for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag:
Ubisoft Montreal’s Aymar Azaizia, who's head of content on the AC franchise, picked up on the art heist immediately:
To be fair, it wasn't long before Naughty Dog's own Neil Druckmann came clean...
The developer has since posted a full statement on their site acknowledging the situation:
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.
The original trailer has now been taken down, replaced by a new version that substitutes the stolen image for this one:
It's hard to fathom how something like this could've happened, but, fortunately, all has been forgiven.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is set for release April 26.