Naughty Dog's Bruce Straley Announces Departure from Studio

Joanna Estrada
September 14, 2017

And for me, I can attribute much of my own personal growth as a game developer to having worked alongside his wonderful talent for more than twenty years.

Notably, Straley was director on The Last of Us, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. He's credited for his work on the critically acclaimed 2013 title, The Last of Us and for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End which released just a year ago for the PlayStation 4.

Naughty Dog is by far one of the most talented developers in the industry and that is due to all of the creative folks that work at the studio.

In an announcement on Naughty Dog's website, Straley posted his announcement. In the recent statement, Straley explains that this time off was part of what led him to start "focusing in other directions", ultimately leading him to his decision to leave Naughty Dog. "I've learned and grown so much from working with this incredible team", said Straley. "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. "With the deepest gratitude - thank you to everyone I've gotten to work with over the years". It's really insane to think that much time has passed!

Neil Druckmann is handling director duties solo for The Last of Us Part II, which comes out for the PlayStation 4 at an unannounced date. I mean, it was also extremely intimidating, but the energy and determination to make something great, something we could all be proud of, was infectious.

It's not clear where Straley is headed, but he said he's approaching the next chapter of his life with "an excitement to continue the journey into the creative process", suggesting another role in game development.

Straley doesn't reveal what his plans are after Naughty Dog, but writes that he looks "forward to the discover and to sharing it with you all soon".

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