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World of Deceit: Evidence Adds Credence to Uncharted 3 Title, Concept Art [Update]

October 24, 2010 Written by Anthony Severino

Earlier today, a listing for Uncharted 3: World of Deceit was found on Amazon france. However, shortly after the appearance of the listing, it was discovered that the box art featured on Amazon was using an alleged “piece” of concept art that a Los Angeles-based “concept designer” created during an architecture class.  This left many crying foul. We were just as skeptical, so we did some digging, and found evidence that suggests Albert Ng, the concept artist in question, likely did work on Uncharted 3, therefore giving credence to this retailer listing, concept art and more importantly, the working title of Uncharted 3.

[Update] Naughty Dog’s Arne Meyer has debunked this as nothing more than a “class project”. Albert Ng has also contacted us confirming that to be true.

[Original Story] The images posted on Albert Ng’s personal Blogspot, both concept art and logo (pictured at the bottom of the page), look to be authentic. Could he be telling a fib that these were created “for architecture class”? After connecting some dots, we were able to uncover some information that links this artist to Uncharted 3.

People love to expose their most personal of information to others on the internet. And this tidbit, artist Albert Ng just couldn’t keep from posting on his Blogspot. Knowing the name, location, and job description of the concept artist we looked in the most logical of places, LinkedIn. Without much trouble, we were able to find Albert Ng’s profile, which reveals that the concept designer currently works for Tyler West Studio.

On the Tyler West Studio website, the company describes itself as a “conceptual art studio, committed to creating inspirational and informative artwork for video games and film” having contributed to “more than 15 AAA videogames”. I know that when people think of AAA videogames, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is one of the first to come to mind.

After perusing the site for a short while we stumbled upon the studio’s client list; a list that features a multitude of videogame publishers such as: EA, Activision, Ubisoft and the smoking gun… Sony Computer Entertainment.

Is this proof of Uncharted 3‘s — a game we all know is coming — logo and title? No, but the evidence does insist that everything on Albert Ng’s Blogspot was more than likely legitimately made for the third installment in the Uncharted franchise and the subsequent listing on Amazon France for Uncharted 3: World of Deceit makes it all the more real.

What are your thoughts?

Concept art (image credit: Albert Ng):