Sad to see Bruce go but not surprised. There's a lot of talk about how burnt out he was and his output as director at ND has been some of my favorite in any medium. I wish him the best and hope whatever he does next is fun and fulfilling.
Damn. I was looking forward to seeing what he was going to cook up once he returned. Huge loss for Naughty Dog. Best of luck to him. I can't imagine a bunch of studios won't be looking to snatch him up.
I hope Naughty Dog as a whole will slow down game development. I feel like more and more people will end up leaving the company because how intense it is to work there trying to reach a deadline. I know this is game development as a whole but something's got to change. It's not worth it putting in so many hours and days without sleep and barely seeing your family.
Sad. A lovely director from a lovely studio. Some of my best gaming moments are from Bruce's games. From what I've watched on DICE Awards and other videos, Bruce's dignity has always been distinctive. Best of luck to him.
You guys should know by now you are not to take GearFourth's posts ND threads seriously, they are borderline concern trolling.
Felt like a gut punch when I read the title, but I guess it was to be expected. Good luck and success in your future endeavors, Bruce. Must've been really nice to demo TLoU in front of many people during that E3 gameplay reveal.
If I had to guess it has more to do with dev burnout than anything. He's probably going to return in some form to a job that does not require he gives his life to it. ND makes great games but there's a huge price to pay in making those.
I'm not sure Straley will stay in the business from the way he talks about his Sabbatical and even in that final farewell letter. Seems like he still loves gaming but was really really burnt out on how they make AAA games. If he does stay in the industry I expect something outside the realm of AAA game development as why jump from one crunch time studio to another?
What a brutal grind going from TLOU crunch right into Uncharted 4 crunch. I guess he wanted to ship Lost Legacy before fully bowing out. But we knew this was coming, right? It was in the book that he was going to leave.
Good luck on whatever you want to do next and thank you for some of the best gaming memories of all time. Especially the virtually perfect Uncharted 2.
Like others have said, it may take some time but he's so good at making games that hopefully some day if he wants to he'll return even to make smaller games with his own indie studio or something like that.