Bruce Straley has said in the blog post announcing his resignation that he had no idea where his next pursuit would be. Together the two have directed The Last of Us - regarded by many as one of the best games of all time - its DLC Left Behind and last year's Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. Serving as an artist on that game, Straley would then help Naughty Dog with the art on other games, including the Jak and Daxter series before serving as co-art director on Uncharted: Drake's Fortune and game director for future Uncharted games.
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. 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. And for me, I can attribute much of my own personal growth as a game developer to having worked alongside his awesome talent for more than twenty years.
"I'm leaving Naughty Dog with the strongest team it's ever had, and that's saying a lot".
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Straley first joined Naughty Dog in 1999 as the company's 15th employee to work on the cart racer Crash Team Racing. "And through it all, I'm even more fortunate to be able to count him as a friend". And I've had my share of hard and humbling moments. Knowing I was a part of creating something that touched or moved any of you made this whole thing worthwhile - and now I, too, get to anticipate the next Naughty Dog masterpiece!
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".
While Straley is leaving, Creative Director Neil Druckmann is remaining.