The Last of Us Lead Artist Leaves Naughty Dog

The Last of Us Lead Artist Leaves Naughty Dog

Nate Wells, lead artist for The Last of Us, has confirmed that he has left Naughty Dog and joined Unfinished Swan developer Giant Sparrow. 

Wells announced the move on Twitter yesterday, saying that he joined the indie studio on April 3.

Before joining Naughty Dog in 2012, Wells spent 13 years with Irrational Games, where he most recently served as art director for BioShock Infinite.

The Unfinished Swan, the first game from Giant Sparrow, was met with a warm reception when it came out for PlayStation 3 in 2012, and went on to win two BAFTA awards for Debut Game and Game Innovation. The studio is currently working on another project, which was originally announced as being called Edith Finch, but has since had that title retracted.

Wells' is the third high profile departure from Naughty Dog in less than two months. In early March, Uncharted series creative director Amy Hennig left for unknown reasons, and has since joined EA's Visceral Games to work on a new Star Wars project. Later that month, Uncharted 4 game director Justin Richmond left to join Riot Games.



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Comments Comments (6)

Posted by DragonFury88
On Tuesday 22 Apr 2014 8:37 AM
Thanks for your work on TLoU.
Posted by rocketman12
On Tuesday 22 Apr 2014 2:24 PM
Its a shame, seems to be a few people leaving Naughty dog recently.
Posted by kiwibadboy
On Tuesday 22 Apr 2014 3:34 PM
what's happening to Naughty Dog?? Come on please stay together and make Uncharted 4........
Posted by kiwiatlarge
On Tuesday 22 Apr 2014 5:21 PM
What is happening at Naughty Dog indeed... :/
Posted by SpawnSeekSlay
On Friday 25 Apr 2014 2:10 PM
Damn Naughty Dog seem to be leaking talent left right and centre. What the hell is going on? Hope they can keep it together as they made the best games in the PS3 generation.
Posted by Bappernz
On Friday 25 Apr 2014 5:01 PM
this is not good new for naughty dog, lots of people jumping ship