Uncharted 4 game director leaves Naughty Dog

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Coming just weeks after Uncharted’s creative lead, Amy Hennig, confirmed her departure from Naughty Dog, comes word that the latest game in the series is now without a game director. Justin Richmond, who was working on the latest, PlayStation 4 bound Uncharted as its game director, has confirmed he’s left developer Naughty Dog.

"I have in fact made the decision to leave Naughty Dog," Richmond told IGN in a statement.  "I love the company and the people and know that they will continue to create awesome games going forward. On a happier note, after careful consideration and exploration I have joined Riot Games. There is some really innovative stuff going on here that I can’t wait to be a part of."

Riot Games as you’re all obviously aware, is the studio behind Dota clone competitor League of Legends, which seems an ill fit for somebody who’s been making Uncharted games.

Sony’s confirmed his departure to Eurogamer, affirming that it won’t affect Uncharted’s development.

"SCEA can confirm Justin Richmond has left Naughty Dog to pursue other opportunities. The development timeline of Uncharted will not be impacted."

Richmond’s been with the company since 2008, serving as multiplayer lead on Uncharted 2, and game director on Uncharted 3. I wonder what’s going on at Naughty Dog.

Are other studios, seeing the success of the studio, poaching its top talent. are the egos of some – perhaps The Last of Us’ Neil Druckman and Bruce Straley – getting in the way? Is this perhaps some sort of show of support for Hennig, who’s unexpected, unceremonious departure suggests she was ousted?

Either way, it’s all making me a little wary of the next Uncharted with its creative director and game director have both having jumped ship.

Last Updated: March 28, 2014

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