After 15 years at the company, Naughty Dog’s co-president Christophe Balestra has retired. Balestra oversaw multiple flagship titles as the studio transitioned to the HD era, including the Uncharted series and The Last of Us.
“Joining Naughty Dog in 2002 was the biggest decision for my family and my career,” he shared in an official post. “I was excited to join the team that created Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter.
“For me, the biggest appeal was working with the team responsible for games I love to play, ones that also looked stunning and were technically ahead of their time,” he continued. “I would have never guessed what my future at Naughty Dog would look like when I joined the studio as a programmer.”
As Gamasutra reports, Balestra won’t be moving elsewhere in the gaming industry. He’ll be leaving his career behind to spend time with his family, and “pursue ambitions and projects that are fulfilling on a personal level.”
Balestra’s final day at Naughty Dog will be on April 3. Co-president Evan Wells will take over the presidential role in full.