The creative director of Uncharted pokes fun at the similarity between the box art for Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and Rise of the Tomb Raider on PS4.
It was announced today that Rise of the Tomb Raider will end its timed exclusivity with the Xbox One and will be appearing on PlayStation 4 on October 11. To honor the long-standing Tomb Raider franchise, the game will come in a 20 Year Celebration edition, which includes all the previously released DLC for Rise of the Tomb Raider plus some new modes.
For this new edition, Rise of the Tomb Raider on PS4 is also getting different box art from the original Xbox One release, which has caused one fellow developer at Naughty Dog to playfully quip about its similarities to the box art of Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection. Neil Druckmann, the creative director behind Uncharted 4 took to Twitter to poke a little fun at the box art:
First Melania Trump and now this. 😉— Neil Druckmann (@Neil_Druckmann) July 19, 2016
(Excited to play Rise on my PS4) pic.twitter.com/VGrbqxOYQg
Druckmann says “First Melania Trump and now this.” He’s referring to a speech given by presidential candidate Donald Trump’s wife at the Republican National Convention last night, which caused controversy after many noted that her speech was almost identical to one First Lady Michelle Obama gave at the Democratic National Convention during the election that led to Barack Obama becoming president. Many are accusing Melania Trump of plagiarism.
Clearly, Druckmann is just having a little bit of fun using current events to crack a joke at the expense of Rise of the Tomb Raider. He added an emoji “winky face” and wrote in parentheses “Excited to play Rise on my PS4.”
The box art from both games are definitely done in the same style. However, to be honest, there are a lot of styles of box art that are almost identical, overused, and pretty cliche at this point.
Although, it is curious that Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics, the publisher and developer of Rise of the Tomb Raider, would choose art so similar to Uncharted. After all, it is hard not to tie the two together, as the original Uncharted was heavily influenced by the Tomb Raider franchise. Plus, when Tomb Raider was rebooted, it was hard to miss how much the Uncharted franchise had shaped elements of that game.
The good news is, it does not seem like anyone actually infringed on anyone’s art assets, unlike the controversy Naughty Dog found itself in over a trailer for Uncharted 4. Druckmann’s quip appears to be all in good fun.
Rise of the Tomb Raider launches on PS4 October 11 and is available now for PC and Xbox One.