Naughty Dog Lied To Us In The Last of Us Trailers, And May Do So Again With Uncharted 4 Trailers

It’s like Metal Gear Solid 2 all over again.

Posted By | On 02nd, Oct. 2015 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605

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A long time ago, over a decade ago, Konami and Hideo Kojima carefully constructed the entire pre-release marketing campaign for the then upcoming and highly anticipated title Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. All information about the game was very tightly controlled, and the major story beats about the title – including something as basic as the game’s protagonist – were kept hidden from players via an elaborate campaign of ruses and misdirection.

Naughty Dog may not have been on the same level, but they did something similar with The Last of Us. Trailers for the game showed a shot of Joel lying on the ground, looking sick, as if he, too has been infected, with the next shot showing Ellie holding a gun- the natural implication here being that Joel was going to turn, and Ellie would have to kill him. Players went into the game expecting that, and it colored their entire run through the story.

It was also what Naughty Dog had intended.

“We purposely deceived [players] with certain trailers,” explains writer and creative director Neil Druckmann in this month’s OPM. “[The] shot where Joel’s on the floor and he looks kind of sick and he turns up. That shot was made just for the trailer. Just to make it look like he’s infected or there’s something wrong with him, and then it’s juxtaposed with a shot of Ellie holding a gun, so everyone’s like ‘Oh my God, Joel’s going to turn and Ellie’s going to have to shoot him at the end!’ That was constructed in such a way so that people would guess that and think that that’s the obvious ending, and then we could turn it on them.”

The best part is, he is hinting they may do the same thing again with Uncharted 4 trailers.

“Now maybe I’ll show you the real thing so you think it’s not the real thing and it will be the real thing!” he said.

This is all way too complicated for me to believe, so I’ll just do what I have always done- take trailers to be representative of, but ultimately separate from, the game itself. It works out best that way.

Uncharted 4 launches next year for the PS4.

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  • XbotMK1

    These missleading trailers are for story purposes. Movie trailers and even story books do the exact same thing to keep people quessing and to build suprises. Remember when David Jaffe lied about there not being a Twisted Metal in development obviously to suprise fans when he announced the game at E3.

    • DarthDiggler


      BUT THEY LIED! LOL 🙂 What a dumb article.

    • XbotMK1

      I really don’t know why they wrote this article. I don’t think they wrote it for defamatory reasons, maybe just to warn people that the Uncharted 4 story will be different from what Naughty Dog is showing.

      But there are sites that put Sony under a microscope but will give Microsoft and Nintendo a pass while sucking them off.

    • Alistein

      Perhaps so but it’s best to use cg and not ingame engine as it makes it seem like it’s included. What makes this really bad is the developer confesses they lied and knowingly deceived the public. If they used cg like Mass effect did it would have been fine as that would be indicative and not deceptive. Look at the Halo 5 cinematic opening it’s obviously not ingame but it was indicative of many things in the game and was good for building hype.

    • XbotMK1

      Naughty Dog isn’t doing anything wrong here. They’re building suprises for the story and fan interest only. Y

      our comment is absolutely idiotic and makes no sense. You basically just stated…. “It’s ok to lie about the story as long as you’re using CGI but not in game footage” What the fk does that even mea?. You’re one of those idiotic Xbox fanboy dupe accounts aren’t you?

      What is wrong is when you use CGI footage and try to pass it off as actual gameplay. For example, Microsoft LIED about Forza 5. They showed off fake footage that wasn’t actual gameplay which was downgraded. Microsoft also used fake footage for Forza 6 and CGI for Halo 5. What Naughty Dog is doing isn’t the same thing.

    • Alistein

      I really thought you were serious but when a developer openly says they lied and you end up twisting things on your end to make it sound good it tells a lot about how you think and about you. I never said it was okay to lie , anyone that sees cg already know what they’re looking at is not ingame but an indicative representation, developers sometimes use it when tlike when a game is still early in development to give gamers an indication of the direction they’re taking nobody taught the Scalebound trailer shown last year was deceptive.
      It is clear you’re just trolling here especially when you lie to solicit response. You really should think things through before spewing nonsense as it makes you really look stupid.

  • carol argo

    God eater seems like that (anime)but it’s too early to tell what’s what. But the scientist info (as of last week)say the kid WILL DIE soon if he doesn’t stop using his god eater (a sort of weapon. End of the intro! It is done so an early cosing can be chosen if dev find user interest is either not there or elsewhere (iPhone 6s lunch)



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