The gaming blogowebs are all aflutter with rumors and speculation regarding several pieces of concept art and an Amazon France listing for Uncharted 3: World of Deceit, the supposed follow up to Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Grab your saltshakers, folks. The bigger, the better.
PlayStation Lifestyle spotted the original Amazon listing yesterday, which has since been pulled, and soon after tracked down the alleged concept art that was used in said listing. The art was traced back to an artist living in Los Angeles named Albert Ng, who posted on his personal blog that the Uncharted 3 “concept art” and title were actually created for an architecture class he was taking, and are in no way affiliated with Naughty Dog.
Interestingly enough though, Ng works for a company called Tyler West Studio, Inc., a concept art studio whose client list includes Sony Computer Entertainment. This isn’t terribly surprising or telling given the studio has done work for other major publishers such as EA, Ubisoft, and Activision, but it adds a bit more substance to the whole ordeal.
We reached out to Naughty Dog and SCEA to see what we could see, and the responses were to be expected. Naughty Dog wouldn't confirm nor deny the leaked art or title, while Sony flatly told us, “We do not comment on rumor or speculation."
This whole situation sounds eerily familiar to a story last year surrounding some fan-made concept art for a supposed BioShock title that ended up just being part of a student project. That artist, Ben Mauro, ended up landing a concept design gig at Insomniac Games. From what we know at this point, it sounds as though Ng is hoping to follow a similar path. After all, Ng did tell Hooked Gamers in a statement that he had originally created the concept art because he “wanted to work for Naughty Dog.”
Like I said, saltshakers at the ready until Naughty Dog releases any official information about its unannounced, yet obviously in the works, threequel.
Source: PlayStation Lifestyle