Bruce Straley is departing Naughty Dog after 18 years with the studio.
The Last of Us director took to Naughty Dog’s website today to announce he would be leaving the studio following “three demanding projects” and “extended time away” to focus on “other directions”.
“This has been the hardest decision of my career,” wrote Straley. “Naughty Dog is home. The Kennel is family. I’ve learned and grown so much from working with this incredible team. But after heading up three extremely demanding projects, and taking some extended time away from the office, I found my energy focusing in other directions, and I slowly realised this was the signal that it’s time to move on.
“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.”
“I’m so proud to have been a part of this team. I can’t wait to see what they create in the future.”
Straley joined the studio in 1999 as a Texture Artist on Crash Team Racing. 14 years later, he would direct the critically acclaimed The Last of Us alongside Neil Druckman.
Druckman also directed two Uncharted titles, Uncharted 2 and Uncharted 4.
“From day one, I knew I was surrounded by some of the most talented, driven, and passionate people in the industry,” continued Straley.
“They were pushing themselves to do things beyond what they even thought was possible, which in turn pushed me, and I loved it!”
Writer and co-director on The Last of Us, Neil Druckmann, wrote on Twitter reacting to the news, “Straley has been my mentor, directing partner, & friend. I miss working with him but am excited to experience whatever he does next.”
Straley didn’t detail any future endeavours but promised to share something with the fans soon.