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The Last of Us Co-Director Leaves Naughty Dog

From IGN - September 13, 2017
By Jonathon Dornbush

Bruce Straley, co-director of both The Last of Us and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, has announced his departure from developer Naughty Dog.

In a post on Naughty Dog's official site, Straley wrote that "this has been the hardest decision of my career," and that he has no current announcement about what his next steps will be. He did say, however, that he intends "to continue the journey into the creative process."

Straley began his time at Naughty Dog in 1999, working as a texture artist on Crash Team Racing as the company's 15th employee, he said.

"From day one, I knew I was surrounded by some of the most talented, driven, and passionate people in the industry. They were pushing themselves to do things beyond what they even thought was possible, which in turn pushed me, and I loved it," Straley wrote of his time at the studio.

Following artist work on the Jak and Daxter series, Straley worked on the Uncharted series since the first entry on the PS3 back in 2007. He is perhaps most well-known for co-directing The Last of Us and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End with Neil Druckmann, who continues to work at the studio as director of The Last of Us Part II.

Last year, Naughty Dog revealed that Straley would not be returning for The Last of Us sequel, instead having taken a year-long sabbatical after development on Uncharted 4 concluded.

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