Naughty Dog’s Co-president Retires

Naughty Dog’s Co-president Retires

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.


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Comments Comments (6)

Posted by Bank
On Thursday 9 Mar 2017 3:17 PM
OMG I've always loved listening to the guy speak game design! Great speaker.
Best wishes.

Please become the best Uncharted 4+ multiplayer player ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
Posted by Outlaw213
On Thursday 9 Mar 2017 4:14 PM
He has always been so humble in his interviews.

All the best to him :)

Thanks for the excellent games!
Posted by Paorio
On Thursday 9 Mar 2017 4:27 PM
I love Naughty Dog, I'm not ashamed to say I enjoy the games during the HD era more, so thank you Christophe for all the great games and have a good life you deserve it
Posted by ptys
On Thursday 9 Mar 2017 6:58 PM
Ending on a high, thanks for pushing the medium forward.
Posted by mchumdinghy
On Friday 10 Mar 2017 12:34 PM
All the best to Christophe, must feel good leaving the studio having helped turn it into one of the most well regarded development teams in the world.
Posted by kiwibadboy
On Saturday 11 Mar 2017 1:31 PM
One of my favourite developers - enjoy the time with the family, you've more than earned it.