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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


funkystudent
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(09-13-2017, 08:35 PM)
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Originally Posted by AuthenticM

If he was not involved with Lost Legacy or TLoU2, what has he been working on since U4 shipped last year?

He hasnt being doing anything at ND.

Last year it was announced he was taking a year long sabbatical after Uncharted 4 which was a kind of obvious red flag.


Anyway judging from the write up I assume he is still gonna work in the industry. Probably somwhere with less crunch.


Also kind of insane that Uncharted 4 has wiped out all the directors of NDs PS3 games bar Duckmann.
Last edited by funkystudent; 09-13-2017 at 08:37 PM.
jayu26
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(09-13-2017, 08:35 PM)
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Originally Posted by vsaintlo


Gaming executives to their higher ups right now...

I doubt he wants to work for another big studio currently.
Equanimity
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(09-13-2017, 08:35 PM)
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Thank you for everything you've worked on at Naughty Dog. I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavours.
AuthenticM
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(09-13-2017, 08:35 PM)
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Originally Posted by BlackBuzzard

He was on sabbatical.

ah.

I wish him luck in his future endeavours !
D i Z
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(09-13-2017, 08:36 PM)
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Kind of expected. Good luck to him and looking forward to seeing what he does next.
Insane Metal
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(09-13-2017, 08:36 PM)
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TLoU Part 2 doomed.





Jk, good luck to him.
Venuspower
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(09-13-2017, 08:36 PM)
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Shocking.
First CEO Kaz Hirai.
Now Bruce.
Mubrik
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(09-13-2017, 08:36 PM)
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thank you for all the hard work creating good games,
wish you the best in future endeavours
Mooreberg
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(09-13-2017, 08:36 PM)
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One hell of a track record. Best of luck with whatever comes next.
Mass_Pincup
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(09-13-2017, 08:36 PM)
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I literally just finished Uncharted 4's chapter in Blood Sweat and Pixel.

It really felt like Straley was done since TLOU, hope he can finally relax.
Dynomutt
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(09-13-2017, 08:36 PM)
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Originally Posted by jayu26

I doubt he wants to work for another big studio currently.

Fair enough. ND was teh first company that made em want to know more about the people behind the games. Best of luck to him and much continued success.
CrichtonKicks
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(09-13-2017, 08:37 PM)
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After reading Blood, Sweat, and Pixels I can't say I'm surprised. It sounds like going from full TLoU into full production on UC4 (skipping preproduction) on that was excruciating.

Threads moving fast so I don't know if it's been mentioned but the guy rented a second apartment during UC4's development just so he could be closer to the office.
Wagram
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(09-13-2017, 08:38 PM)
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That's a shame. I wish him the best though.

I will miss his masterpieces!
silva1991
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(09-13-2017, 08:38 PM)
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:(

Thanks for everything Bruce.
Wadiwasi
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(09-13-2017, 08:38 PM)
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Iím sure ND will be fine. They seem to have developed a culture there and someone will step up to fill the role.
phantasmic_glaive
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(09-13-2017, 08:39 PM)
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God speed my friend. You are one of the greats.

...Now, that younger guy/ gal who's been waiting can get his/ her shot. That's what's really exciting about this. Where will the future take us?

SDR-UK
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(09-13-2017, 08:39 PM)
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Damn! Shame to have lost him as a driving force for Naughty Dog, he was exceptional in the Game Director role and I had every faith that he would be leading a smaller team on the PS5 IP whilst the bulk of the studio finished TLOU Pt II. Still, I'd rather he got out now like a few have said. I would hate for this constant work to lead to a hatred for the industry.

Good luck for the future, Bruce.
Dysun
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(09-13-2017, 08:39 PM)
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That's a bummer, him and Druckmann clearly had a special touch on that studio and with games in general.
daxter01
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(09-13-2017, 08:39 PM)
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Noooo :( he was the Best game director ND ever had huge loss for ND. Hennig,lemarchand,Straley and Minkoff all left ND hope new blood is talented
sixteen-bit
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(09-13-2017, 08:40 PM)
Poll is missing Time Warner Interactive for the Generations Lost sequel
TissueBox
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(09-13-2017, 08:40 PM)
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Good luck and good tidings Bruce!

*keeping eyes peeled for whatever he gets up to next*
Primethius
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(09-13-2017, 08:40 PM)
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Wish him the best. Really looking forward to what he does next.
DISSESHOWEDO
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(09-13-2017, 08:42 PM)
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Thanks for all the amazing games and bon voyage on your new journey!
Prompto
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(09-13-2017, 08:42 PM)
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Damn. Wish him all the best though.
KodaRuss
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(09-13-2017, 08:43 PM)
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Dang, big loss for Naughty Dog (I am sure they will be fine!). Looking forward to what he does next.
Elfstar
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(09-13-2017, 08:43 PM)
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Not looking forward to an entirely Druckmann-led Naughty Dog.
robotrock
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(09-13-2017, 08:43 PM)
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To the poll above: he is obviously joining Valve to make a new Half Life.
Kolx
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(09-13-2017, 08:43 PM)
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Originally Posted by NullPointer

They expanded on a lot of gameplay ideas from UC4 and improved them across the board.

You could swing on ropes in UC4 but there is a lot more to it in TLL and its a lot more fun. Same with the large non-linear expanse - plenty of driving, swimming and worthwhile exploration that UC4 lacked. Even the puzzles are actually interesting and somewhat difficult, and there's more of them.

And of course the pacing.

Its a solid piece of work that imho improves on UC4 in almost every way. Not a rehash at all.

Straley always said the right things in interviews I've watched, but I think ND is still top tier if TLL is any indication.

They're surely talented but expanding on a game and adding a few elements here and there is not even close to someone who co-created one of the best new ips of all time. Once they create a new ip
dreamfall
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(09-13-2017, 08:43 PM)
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An absolute legend. Thanks for all the ND games and best of luck on your future endeavors!
Servbot24
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(09-13-2017, 08:44 PM)
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Big loss for ND, though I've no doubt they will continue to make incredible games.

Good for Bruce though, making such a decision can't be easy.
HStallion
Now what's the next step in your master plan?
(09-13-2017, 08:44 PM)
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Originally Posted by ItWasMeantToBe19

Maybe ND should stop being a meat grinder?

100 hour weeks is slow motion suicide.

This isn't a problem for just ND. Its a problem for the entire industry.
DriftingSpirit
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(09-13-2017, 08:44 PM)
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Best of luck to him.

Looking forward to where ND goes next. TLL has me excited for their future.
Jawbreaker
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(09-13-2017, 08:44 PM)
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That's a bummer, but he deserves the rest. I'm not worried about Naughty Dog after having played The Lost Legacy, as it's apparent that they aren't short on talent.
DMVfan123
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(09-13-2017, 08:46 PM)
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Wow. Dude was responsible for 4/10 of my favorite games ever made. Wish him well in his future endeavors.

Even though he's gone, I still trust Naughty Dog to continue making 10/10 games, and I can only say that for 5-7 (maybe less) other companies
BossDarkseid
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(09-13-2017, 08:46 PM)
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Originally Posted by HStallion

This isn't a problem for just ND. Its a problem for the entire industry.

True, but in a sense maybe high profile departures at one of the biggest console studios could make someone think twice. It won't..because it sounds like part of the culture at ND, which is a shame. Kinda makes those 10 Year Trophies they used to give people who stayed there that long feel a little more like a corporate "I O U" card :P
BanjoLayleeYookaKazooie
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(09-13-2017, 08:46 PM)
I don't know a lot about ND (despite liking all the Uncharted games bar the first and TLOU being my 3rd GOAT lol) but if this guy was the director of ND's best modern games he has my respect.

Good luck Mr Straley for the future!
ExtinctionEvent
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(09-13-2017, 08:47 PM)

Originally Posted by Endo Punk

Lost Legacy was a remix of Uncharted games, if it were a numbered game I feel it would be treated like UC3 which is a very divisive game. The new blood need to create something substantial to convince me that a Druckmann or Straley can be replaced.

Lol...sure buddy.
Guymelef
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(09-13-2017, 08:47 PM)

Originally Posted by Jawbreaker

That's a bummer, but he deserves the rest. I'm not worried about Naughty Dog after having played The Lost Legacy, as it's apparent that they aren't short on talent.

In this situations I'm always more worried about the next thing from the big dev without his former big team behind.
Anung
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(09-13-2017, 08:47 PM)
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A huge loss of talent that's for sure although if burnout is the contributing factor then good for him I hope he finds a healthier work environment.

If Lost Legacy didn't just come out I'd be worried about the loss and responsibility falling squarely onto Druckmann but LL was great so I'm glad ND have some emerging talent.
Yearsoflurking
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(09-13-2017, 08:48 PM)

Originally Posted by HStallion

This isn't a problem for just ND. Its a problem for the entire industry.

Idk doubt many studios jump from full production to full production that's insane.
Acquiescence
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(09-13-2017, 08:48 PM)
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Very talented man. Have enjoyed much of the work he's put his name to. Good luck to him.

Bums me out that he's gone for good, but it sounds like the Naughty Dog work ethic is pretty merciless, so I don't blame him for wanting out.
thekiddfran
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(09-13-2017, 08:48 PM)
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Damn the co-president leaving and now Bruce! Naughty Dog is losing some top brass
ExtinctionEvent
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(09-13-2017, 08:51 PM)

Originally Posted by jett

Eh, the only thing they did was rehash UC4.

Wow, talk about insulting to all the work it goes into making a game like LL I. A year or do, and its not a rehash of 4....
Sabercrusader
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(09-13-2017, 08:51 PM)
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Boy does he deserve time to relax and hopefully find something much less stressful and demanding. I haven't read Blood, Sweat, and Pixels yet, but I can only imagine, based on past comments by Amy, on how intense working at Naughty Dog is. The fact he took a year long sabbatical after Uncharted 4 is telling.

I hope he stays in the industry. He's so extremely talented that I want to see more of his work, whether he heads to another big studio (Unlikely I think) or an indie.

I'm worried about how this will affect games helmed by Druckmann because it sounds like Straley was good at reining him in a bit. Naughty Dog games are becoming more and more like movie experiences, and while I don't dislike that per se, I would prefer a move back towards Uncharted 1-3 in terms of ratio from gameplay to story rather than Uncharted 4.

Anyways, I wish him the best and I'm interested to see who is going to fill his position at Naughty Dog.

Oh, and I low-key really like that they call it The Kennel. I've never heard any other Naughty Dog employee call it that before.
Jigorath
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(09-13-2017, 08:52 PM)
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I can't blame the guy.

The Naughty Dog crunch seems brutal.

Best of luck to him.
Boke1879
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(09-13-2017, 08:54 PM)
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Originally Posted by Yearsoflurking

Idk doubt many studios jump from full production to full production that's insane.

That was a special case. They pretty much had to after Amy. I don't think that's what they just do.

But yea that will burn anyone out.
Doctor_Thomas
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(09-13-2017, 08:54 PM)
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His body of work speaks for its self.

Originally Posted by thekiddfran

Damn the co-president leaving and now Bruce! Naughty Dog is losing some top brass

And if it was any other studio, it would be a concern. ND was never about 1 person, all this does is allow other talent to move about the studio.
Pif
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(09-13-2017, 08:54 PM)
Avoiding Tlou2 crunch?

Bruce, stay classy mate. You will be missed.
ridley182
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(09-13-2017, 08:54 PM)
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He was CEO Kaz Hirai all along
LoserMakesGood
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(09-13-2017, 08:56 PM)
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Sad to see him go, but when you've already made two of the best games ever (UC2 TLOU) what else is there to do?

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