It doesn’t take much to set the wheels of gossip and supposition in motion. We’re all chomping at the bit for some news of new projects, new IP, new consoles and anything else we’ve not heard about yet. Well, that fervour has led to some… questionable detective work over on the world’s largest videogame media outlet, IGN.
They sent some camera crews around to Naughty Dog’s studio to record a chat with the developers of The Last of Us. The video is available on their site, if you’re interested. But it seems that many are unfortunately taking more interest in a fleeting glimpse we get of screen in the background. The screen shows two figures, standing side by side. They appear to be subjects in some kind of art or 3D modelling software but it’s too difficult to be sure.
The subjects aren’t dressed like inhabitants of The Last of Us’ bleak world at all, they’re garbed in similar attire to an historical pirate. So, one sharp-eyed IGN viewer has leapt to the assumption that this is probably Naughty Dog’s next game and at least one eager IGN reporter has leapt to agreement with him. Look, they even blew the image up to it’s massive, blurry best so we could all squint at it!
Is this Naughty Dog’s next, pirate based, game? Are they making an Uncharted prequel featuring Francis Drake instead of Nathan? Is this linked to Guerrilla Games’ recently trade marked IP The Order: 1886? Is there a sneaky Naughty Dog designer shopping for fancy dress costumes on the internet while the world’s biggest videogame website is in with a camera crew?
Nobody knows – at least nobody who is willing to talk. So, let’s admire those blurry images briefly and then make up some hilarious possibilities, shall we?
Update: Thanks to our own eagle-eyed commenter for pointing out that this is actually from a Dev Diary put out by ND themselves… I got confused by the IGN proprietary video player.