Uncharted and The Last Of Us co-director Bruce Straley has formally taken to the Naughty Dog website, as well as social media to announce his leave from the studio. Straley began his work at Naughty Dog back in 1999 on the well received Crash Team Racing. He then went on to deliver art for the Jak series and more recently has been the co-director for Uncharted 2: Among Thieves with Amy Hennig, and The Last of Us. He also worked on Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End with co-director and friend Neil Druckmann.
Straley considers this leave the “hardest decision of his career” as quoted on the Naughty Dog website. He then goes on to flesh out his thoughts stating,
“I’m leaving Naughty Dog with the strongest team it’s ever had, and that’s saying a lot. But more than the talent, it’s the people that I’ll miss the most. The work culture at Naughty Dog is about getting out of your seat and solving problems together. It’s what has allowed me to build so many friendships and gain so much respect for this stellar group of people”.
Straley then goes on to praise his fellow developers:
“I get it —“it’s just work” — but when you spend as much time as we do together, in the pressure cooker of creative work and deadlines, you really get to know a person. And I’ve had my share of difficult and humbling moments. But having the privilege to see people grow beyond their concept of what’s possible for themselves technically, creatively, and personally has been the most rewarding aspect of my job and continues to motivate me to do the same. I’m so proud to have been a part of this team. I can’t wait to see what they create in the future”.
Saying his goodbyes to his teammates, he ends saying that he waits for what they will deliver next. Awhile back, Straley confirmed he would not return for The Last of Us: Part 2. The full message to fans and colleagues can be viewed on the official Naughty Dog website here. You can also follow @bruce_straley on Twitter for more updates. Stay with Mammoth Gamers for more news in the future.