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View Poll Results: Where do you think Bruce Straley will end up next?
Riot
51 5.70%
Visceral
35 3.91%
Crystal Dynamics
23 2.57%
Ubisoft
18 2.01%
id
6 0.67%
Telltale
13 1.45%
Starting a new indie studio
170 18.99%
Novel or screenplay writing
51 5.70%
Directing stage plays, TV episodes, and/or films
47 5.25%
Taking over the CEO Kaz Hirai Twitter account
481 53.74%
Voters: 895. You may not vote on this poll


DarkLordMalik
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(09-13-2017, 08:14 PM)
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As I close this chapter with a heavy heart and an appreciation for everything Naughty Dog has done for me, I open the next with an excitement to continue the journey into the creative process. I don’t have anything to announce just yet, but I look forward to the discovery and to sharing it with you all soon.

https://www.naughtydog.com/blog/a_me...&sf113826121=1
Kenzodielocke
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(09-13-2017, 08:14 PM)
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Itís impossible to summarize 18 of the most influential years of my career in a blog post, but here we are ó today, with the heaviest of hearts, I am announcing my departure from Naughty Dog.

This has been the hardest decision of my career. Naughty Dog is home. The Kennel is family. Iíve 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 itís time to move on.

I joined the Kennel in 1999 as a texture artist on Crash Team Racing. Back before Naughty Dog even had a coffee maker. I was employee #15. From day one, I knew I was surrounded by some of the most talented, driven, and passionate people in the industry. They were pushing themselves to do things beyond what they even thought was possible, which in turn pushed me, and I loved it! I mean, it was also extremely intimidating, but the energy and determination to make something great, something we could all be proud of, was infectious. And thatís the way it still is to this day.

Iím leaving Naughty Dog with the strongest team itís ever had, and thatís saying a lot. But more than the talent, itís the people that Iíll miss the most. The work culture at Naughty Dog is about getting out of your seat and solving problems together. Itís what has allowed me to build so many friendships and gain so much respect for this stellar group of people. I get it¨ óďitís just workĒ ó but when you spend as much time as we do together, in the pressure cooker of creative work and deadlines, you really get to know a person. And Iíve had my share of difficult and humbling moments. But having the privilege to see people grow beyond their concept of whatís possible for themselves technically, creatively, and personally has been the most rewarding aspect of my job and continues to motivate me to do the same. Iím so proud to have been a part of this team. I canít wait to see what they create in the future.

With the deepest gratitude ó thank you to everyone Iíve gotten to work with over the years. Iíll miss you and your energy profoundly. Thanks to Andy and Jason for taking a chance on me and setting the bar. Thanks to Amy and Neil for being great creative partners. Thanks to Christophe for all the support and inspiration ó Iíve learned so much from you. And an extra special thanks to Evan Wells. You were the first person I met who truly inspired me to believe in the power of gaming, and if not for you I may never have made it to Naughty Dog in the first place. My appreciation goes way beyond what words can say.

And a sincere thanks to the fans. Knowing I was a part of creating something that touched or moved any of you made this whole thing worthwhile ó and now I, too, get to anticipate the next Naughty Dog masterpiece!

As I close this chapter with a heavy heart and an appreciation for everything Naughty Dog has done for me, I open the next with an excitement to continue the journey into the creative process. I donít have anything to announce just yet, but I look forward to the discovery and to sharing it with you all soon.


Dog for life,
Bruce Straley

https://www.naughtydog.com/blog/a_me...&sf113826121=1
Off-Kilter
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(09-13-2017, 08:15 PM)
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Thanks for everything Bruce.
Bright-Light
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(09-13-2017, 08:15 PM)
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Oh no!!!
DRUCKMAN!!!!!

Can't wait to see what he does next.
Chalupa Batman
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(09-13-2017, 08:15 PM)
A literal gut punch, and I just saw this after watching my Windians win their 21st in a row 😩
KINGofCRA5H
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(09-13-2017, 08:15 PM)
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Best of luck to you Bruce.

Thank you for everything.
Zaheer
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(09-13-2017, 08:15 PM)
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Holy shit. Well, good luck, man. Thanks for everything.
Last edited by Zaheer; 09-13-2017 at 08:26 PM.
Weebos
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(09-13-2017, 08:16 PM)
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What was he responsible for over there?
idonteven
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(09-13-2017, 08:16 PM)
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noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck


LifEndz
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(09-13-2017, 08:16 PM)
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Enjoyed the games you helped create. Wish the best of luck in your next endeavor.
funkystudent
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(09-13-2017, 08:16 PM)
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Not shocked. I have been calling this for a while

Taking a year off after U4 just smelled of waiting out a contract.


Best of luck to him and where ever he goes.
GearFourth
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(09-13-2017, 08:16 PM)
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Fuck, the last good director of Naughty Dog has left... ND no longer one of my top studios

Their shift to interactive movies instead of full on gameplay games nowadays is sad, gone are the days of Crash and Jak
TheBioLover
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(09-13-2017, 08:16 PM)
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Originally Posted by Weebos

What was he responsible for over there?

Game director on Uncharted 2, The Last of Us, and Uncharted 4.
sixteen-bit
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(09-13-2017, 08:16 PM)
Now is the time for Generations Lost 2
Garrett Hawke
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(09-13-2017, 08:16 PM)
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Unsurprising after the break TBH
chadskin
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(09-13-2017, 08:16 PM)
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CMojicaAce
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(09-13-2017, 08:16 PM)
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Best of luck to him. He did some great work :(
Yearsoflurking
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(09-13-2017, 08:17 PM)
Damn end of an era.. That's 3 big names now in the matter of what 3 years? ND is talented i hope someone can fill the shoes
Guymelef
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(09-13-2017, 08:17 PM)
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It was pretty clear.
Brad Grenz
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(09-13-2017, 08:17 PM)
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Good luck on his future endeavors!
Ein Bear
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(09-13-2017, 08:17 PM)
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Sad, but expected after taking such a long leave of absence. Excited to see where he ends up.
Nephtes
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(09-13-2017, 08:17 PM)
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You gave us some good stuff in the last 20ish years Bruce. God speed, and good luck in your future endeavors.

Your Uncharted 2 will always be the Naughty Dog GOAT for me...
Twookie
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(09-13-2017, 08:17 PM)
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woah, that sucks

thanks for the GG's, bruce
Zombie James
(09-13-2017, 08:17 PM)
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Originally Posted by Weebos

What was he responsible for over there?

Director of Uncharted 2, Uncharted 4, and The Last of Us.
VeeP
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(09-13-2017, 08:17 PM)
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Originally Posted by Weebos

What was he responsible for over there?

Druckmann. Aka Vandal Savage.



Edit: my bad lol, I thought you asked WHO is responsible for this
Boke1879
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(09-13-2017, 08:17 PM)
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Originally Posted by GearFourth

Fuck, the last good director of Naughty Dog has left...

I'm going to miss Bruce. But ND has plenty of talent. They'll be fine.
Sesha
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(09-13-2017, 08:17 PM)
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Originally Posted by Weebos

What was he responsible for over there?

Artist for ages, and directed U2, U4, Last of Us and Left Behind.
FlutterPuffs
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(09-13-2017, 08:17 PM)
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Originally Posted by funkystudent

Not shocked.

Taking a year off just smelled of waiting out a contract.


Best of luck to him and where ever he goes.

Nah, he was burnt out.

Schreiber's book goes into details on how hard they worked on at Naughty Dog.
GeoramA
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(09-13-2017, 08:17 PM)
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Been there since the 90's O_o

Guessing he'll start his own studio.
dancrane212
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(09-13-2017, 08:17 PM)
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Originally Posted by Weebos

What was he responsible for over there?

Co-directed The Last of Us, Uncharted 4 and directed Uncharted 2. He's done some fantastic stuff.
Cardon
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(09-13-2017, 08:17 PM)
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Damn. Sucks in one way, but good on Bruce for going out on top and not letting the work completely burn him out to the point where he hates the industry.
Cmerrill
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(09-13-2017, 08:17 PM)
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Druckman strikes yet again!
Aurongel
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(09-13-2017, 08:17 PM)
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Not shocking after a sabbatical. Dude deserves all the rest he can get after shipping a few titles that pushed the medium forward in their own ways.

ND is in good hands.
NullPointer
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(09-13-2017, 08:18 PM)
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Woah.

All I can say is a hearty thanks for the great times and good luck to him.
Lifeline
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(09-13-2017, 08:18 PM)
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I guess Lost Legacy was a test and since the game did well without Straley or Druckmann, probably doesn't feel a responsibility to stay.
Endo Punk
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(09-13-2017, 08:18 PM)
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HUGE loss for ND. Here I thought he would be spear-heading the next big IP at ND.
Kenzodielocke
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(09-13-2017, 08:18 PM)
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Man, the fucking Druckmann jokes aren't the least funny, just so you know.
Devilgunman
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(09-13-2017, 08:18 PM)
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Holyshyte what? Will this impact LoU2?
Zefah
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(09-13-2017, 08:18 PM)
Game Director on the only 4 titles from Naughty Dog I really like: Uncharted 2, The Last of Us, The Last of Us Expansion, and Uncharted 4.

(note: I still haven't played through Lost Legacy)

Hope he gets more opportunities to direct games!
pantsmith
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(09-13-2017, 08:18 PM)
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Cool dude. Thanks for all the great games.

Also if I can plug Blood, Sweat, and Pixels for a moment, there is a whole chapter on the insane workload and burnout of working on Uncharted 4 - especially for a studio of perfectionists aiming to create a GOTY contender.

Frankly not at all surprised, based on his insane level of involvement after already being heavily involved with The Last of Us. I wish him well wherever he ends up!

Originally Posted by Kenzodielocke

Man, the fucking Druckmann jokes aren't the least funny, just so you know.

Word, they seem to be very close colleagues and collaborators and have great chemistry together. I'm sure neither of them is excited to give up the working relationship.
Damn Silly
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(09-13-2017, 08:18 PM)
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Druckmann strikes again.



/s obviously

Best of luck in the future, Straley.
Forensic Scene
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(09-13-2017, 08:19 PM)
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Originally Posted by GearFourth

Fuck, the last good director of Naughty Dog has left... ND no longer one of my top studios

Druckmann is awesome...
nhlducks35
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(09-13-2017, 08:19 PM)
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Rip

jsnepo
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Originally Posted by GearFourth

Fuck, the last good director of Naughty Dog has left... ND no longer one of my top studios

Lost Legacy is great and he didn't direct it.
badcrumble
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(09-13-2017, 08:19 PM)
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Shit. I hope TLOU2 turns out alright. Can't blame him for needing time off, though - he's done amazing work but also clearly worked himself to the bone. Best of luck to him in whatever he does next.
bananafactory
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(09-13-2017, 08:19 PM)
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After reading Schreier's book, he absolutely needed this. Glad he was able to step away and hope the heavy toll his work took can heal.

Thanks for everything Bruce.
SheHateMe
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(09-13-2017, 08:19 PM)
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And after reading the Uncharted 4 chapter in PSF's book, this makes me sad, but nod my head in agreement.

Good luck and Godspeed, Bruce.
Bright-Light
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(09-13-2017, 08:19 PM)
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lots of studios are gonna throw a shit load of money at him.
mattp
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(09-13-2017, 08:19 PM)
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shit. if i understood correctly, straley was like the gameplay director while druckmann directed story and cutscenes(maybe im way off here)

i hope this doesnt effect tlou2
GeoramA
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(09-13-2017, 08:19 PM)
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Originally Posted by Devilgunman

Holyshyte what? Will this impact LoU2?

He was never involved.

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