Last night Sony Interactive Entertainment showed of a healthy slab of new The Last of Us Part II gameplay footage. And, well, it looked phenomenal, boasting an incredible visual fidelity boosted by world class animation and motion capture work. You could say it looked near photo-realistic, almost uncanny.
Many fans were amazed with how good it looked, if not shocked. One person took it a bit further though: claiming the gameplay demonstration was "fake." That person? David Anfossi, the head of Eidos Montreal, who just happens to be working on Shadow of the Tomb Raider, a series that rivals Naughty Dog's other well-known IP: Uncharted.
In response, Jonathan Cooper, an animator tweeted the following:
It’s since deleted, but the studio head of Shadow of The Tomb Raider just accused the animation of our The Last of Us Part II demo of being fake. C’est trop délicieux! pic.twitter.com/NsU0ZikPlS— Jonathan Cooper (@GameAnim) June 12, 2018
With Cooper bringing to light Anfossi's deriding comment, the studio head -- likely being subjugated to many angry fans -- issued an apology not longer after.
Hi #naughtydog fans. Please don’t be tough on me, just bad wording from à french speaking person. Always been a big fan of #Uncharted and #LasOfUs games; played all of them and #lastofus2 is on my list. And what @naughtydog does is a ref to me. Sorry for this situation...— David Anfossi (@DavidAnfossi) June 12, 2018
Seeing Anfossi's apology, Cooper put to the bed the mini-altercation.
OK guys, he apologised so calm down a wee bit. On a related note today we shared that we completely overhauled the animation system from Uncharted with a new cutting-edge system for ultra fluidity/seamlessness with invisible transitions. See here @ 11m09s: https://t.co/RiVlO7VI8g— Jonathan Cooper (@GameAnim) June 12, 2018
It's quite common for gamers and random Internet users to disparage game's and the creators of them, but it's not incredibly common that we see developer on developer action, especially with developers and studios of this level of prestige. Whether Anfossi's comment was lost in translation, who knows. It also may just have been a mistake, a moment of misjudgment. Everyone is guilty of one occasionally.
Whatever the case, it's not a good look for Anfossi or Eidos Montreal or Square Enix. But at least it's all squashed now.
In case you missed it, here's the new Last of Us demonstration in question. It looks really good.