Bruce Straley is leaving Naughty Dog. After taking a year-long sabattical, the Uncharted 4 co-director and industry veteran made the announcement on the company’s official website.
“It’s impossible to summarize 18 of the most influential years of my career in a blog post, but here we are — today, with the heaviest of hearts, I am announcing my departure from Naughty Dog,” Straley wrote.
Straley worked on several other franchises during his time at Naughty Dog, from Uncharted to Crash Team Racing.
“This has been the hardest decision of my career,” he continued. “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 realized this was the signal that it’s time to move on.”
According to Kotaku’s Jason Shcreier, crunch for Uncharted 4 – the gruelling, last-minute, after hours work spent on a game’s development to get it out the door – was incredibly stressful. The period required Straley to rent a second apartment closer to work, so he wouldn’t have to commute across Los Angeles.