Hidden away in the background on Uncharted 3 lies an easter egg refrencing The Last of Us, which nearly gave Naughty Dog’s latest game away.
In December 2011 Naughty Dog announced that The Last of Us would be hitting consoles in 2013 but unknowingly to most, a reference to the the game was placed in Uncharted 3 and was completely forgot about.
Recently Neil Druckmann, creative director of The Last of Us told Kotaku how they nearly spoiled their newest game.
The easter egg is of a newspaper that speaks of a deadly fungus.
“We screwed up.”
“We walk back to the design pod,” recalled Druckmann, “and the designer who put it in comes up to me and he’s like, ‘I just want you to know, you approved it! You approved it.’ And I’m like, ‘Approved what?’ And then we went on NeoGAF or something and someone’s like, ‘There’s the newspaper there.’
I’m like, ‘Oh no, we’ve been found out.’”
Druckmann explained that the majority of people assumed it couldn’t be Naughty Dog, as it was a ‘one-game studio’ and had just finished Uncharted 3.
“These games are so big, right?” added game director Bruce Straley. “They’re several hours long. Every single pixel has to be touched. Every animation is created from hand. It’s overwhelming. You can’t look over every detail. So this one little thing in the background, nobody’s thinking about that.”
Did any of you spot The Last of Us easter egg in Uncharted 3?