A couple of days ago, Naughty Dog revealed an insanely cinematic trailer for their next hit game, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. While everyone praised Naughty Dog for this new trailer, [Assassin's Creed](tag:437814) head of content, Azaïzia Aymar noticed something pretty uncommon and awfully familiar:
If you look closely at the 1:36 mark, you can see the landscape of a water's edge in a drawing frame.
This drawing is identical to an Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag artwork published a few years ago, minus the assassin of course. See for yourself:
Striking right ? This story quickly spread on the internet and Naughty Dog's creative director promptly answered, obviously embarrassed by the situation, and an official statement was issued by the studio to make things right:
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.
This was a quick and honest response from the studio who immediately updated a new version of the trailer. Aymar without any resentment highlighted Naughty Dog's honest apology:
End of the story, case closed, all is well that ends well. I don't know what happened to the person who made this unfortunate mistake but I hope he still has his job or is still alive. Honestly, I don't really want to know.