Naughty Dog: the director of Uncharted and The Last of Us leaves the company


Published on Sep 14, 2017


In a message posted on the official blog of Naughty Dog, Bruce Straley announced that he is leaving the company to which he has devoted 18 years of his life with these words:

This was the most difficult decision of my career. The Naughty Dog is my home. The Kennel is my family. I learned and grew so much working with this incredible team.

But after having directed three projects extremely tiring, and having taken a little more time away from the office, I realized that my energies are focusing towards other directions, and I realized slowly that this was the signal that it is time for me to leave.

Straley has joined the Naughty Dog for the first time in 1999, when he started as the artist of the texture for the Playstation game Crash Team Racing. Since then, Straley has directed some of the most iconic and most successful of the company, working with a team very talented in his designs, and he added, in a touching excerpt:

Are the people that I will miss most (...). When you spend so much time together as we do, in the pressure cooker of creative work and of the deadline, do you really know a person (...). With the deepest gratitude – thanks to anyone who has worked with me in these years. I will miss you very much you and your energy (...). My appreciation goes well beyond what words can express.

Bruce Straley also added the credits for fans of the games created by him:

And a sincere thank you goes to the fans. Know you have taken part in the creation of something that has touched or moved by anyone among you has made this something of value.

Straley concludes his message of goodbye to Naughty Dog, with a hint at its future:

While I close this chapter with a heavy heart and an appreciation for all that Naughty Dog has done for me, I open the next one with excitement, to continue the journey inside the creative process. I have nothing to announce at the moment, but I'm looking forward to find out, and share it with you soon.

Source: CB.

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