The Last of Us HBO series is hiding an Uncharted Easter egg so subtle Nathan Drake himself would struggle to spot it.
I'll be completely, irresponsibly honest here: I definitely would not have known this Easter egg exists if it weren't for Naughty Dog being like, 'Look, dummies, this thing is from Uncharted'.
Over on Twitter, the studio behind The Last of Us and Uncharted games shared an image of the sneaky nod to Nathan Drake in the second episode of the HBO series. The item in question is a Zippo-like lighter with '76' and a prominent star emblazoned onto its front. According to Naughty Dog, it's modeled after the one Sam Drake uses to light his cigarettes in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End.
UNCHARTED fans: Did Tess's lighter from last night's episode of #TheLastOfUs look familiar? 👀 It was modeled after Sam Drake's lighter from UNCHARTED 4: A Thief's End! pic.twitter.com/kAlAc8t94ZJanuary 23, 2023
Personally, I love that an HBO TV show clearly intended to appeal to the masses, and not just fans of the games, is staying true to its roots. That said, I genuinely question how many people would've noticed this if Naughty Dog didn't shout it from the rooftops. If you have seen episode 2, you were probably too distracted by that disgusting tendril kiss, and if you haven't seen it, I'm terribly sorry for bringing that imagery to mind.
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