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Uncharted 4 Game Director Justin Richmond Leaves Naughty Dog

IGN: "Justin Richmond, who was working on Uncharted PS4 as game director, has left developer Naughty Dog."

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UPDATE: SCEA says "the development timeline of Uncharted will not be impacted."

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leemo191238d ago (Edited 1238d ago )

Geez it seems like everyone is leaving the companies they work for this gen.

Team_Litt1238d ago ShowReplies(8)
OlgerO1238d ago

I cant lie, I thought all these articles where rediculous, but I have to admit im starting to get a little bit worried

amnalehu1238d ago

It is starting to get a little crazy. On the other hand, its not like any of these people are going to stop making great games. A great game is a great game. Whether its made by ND, Riot games, PS$, or XB1 its doesnt really matter that much to me. Also, with the success they have had, I'm sure their careers are far from over.

Eonjay1238d ago

Don't. He has been working on Uncharted for some time and has made it clear that he is leaving the company on good terms to pursue a leadership role at Riot. And thats fair enough. He obviously left his project in good hands and gave the team his blessing.

Sounds like he was offered a job (probably with a higher pay grade) and he decided to pursue a new project. He has several hit games under his belt so he is very attractive to studios trying to go to the next level.

All I can say is that he doesn't seemed worried about the team at all and even added that he expects them to continue creating great content.

abzdine1238d ago

this is becoming too much to bear, we need a word from SONY and NOW!

NewMonday1238d ago (Edited 1238d ago )

I think their is still more to come, by now their is no doubt a big reformation is going on at Sony 1st party studios, they need a good showing at E3 to reassure fans.

edit:
some rumors and probable explanations..
http://www.neogaf.com/forum...

miyamoto1238d ago

Don " Nuclear Sub" Mattrick started this trend when he left Xbox One after that launch! LoL

MysticStrummer1238d ago

People can get worried about things like this, but they also need to realize that success brings opportunity, and often bigger paychecks.

HiddenMission1238d ago

@Eonjay

The thing is Riot games along with MS were just at GDC saying that plot isn't important to games anymore...big deal since he just was working on the Uncharted and The Last of Us series.

Does this mean he agrees or that he will turn their mind around on this subject...very interesting to say the least.

NewMonday1238d ago

famousmortimer spilling lots of beans on the subject of Sony layoffs @neogaf, I'm sure Abriael is working on a summery.

maniacmayhem1238d ago

@OlgerO

Worried about what? You really think Sony will shut down PS4 and all game production because of this?

You guys are being ridiculous, people leave all the time. Sony has invested a lot of money and time with PS4, they are ramping up PSNow, they just unveiled their VR headset.

Seriously, what is there to be worried about?

lulumink1238d ago

something must be going on inside the company. Those leaves sound just too fishy to not believe it.

Eonjay1238d ago

@HiddenMission

I don't think so. I think this has more to do with money than anything else.

nukeitall1237d ago

The mass exodus from Sony is pretty bad. Key people are leaving in droves. Despite what they claim, it is all political, because you don't want to upset people that you might have to work with again.

UltimateMaster1237d ago

Well, PlayStation is undergoing the re-structuring to improve their overall company.

mewhy321237d ago

Whats the deal with all the people leaving Sony's studios?

frostypants1237d ago

Uncharted 3, which this same guy directed, kind of sucked relative to Uncharted 2. Let's be honest. This guy being off the project isn't necessarily a bad thing.

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Dark111238d ago (Edited 1238d ago )

There is something going on with sony , it no longer can be downplayed

this won't end well.

the future for ND isn't bright if this keep happening

@Team_Litt

10/10 Bubble up +

@-Superman-

sony should try selling their one studios to MS or EA .. it's better than laying off employees.

sony get money and people keep their jobs
it's win win.

Ezz20131238d ago (Edited 1238d ago )

@dark11

i like you
you seem very fair and unbaised
i always see you in all sony articles saying how you feel
but sadly, we never see you do the same in most microsoft's xbox bad news and articles....we deserve more of your amazing comments

and you seem to know what to do more than any one else including sony and microsoft

every one should listen to you
i will get Kaz and shu on the phone right now

speedforce1311238d ago

You're an idiot. Just another jackass that wants Sony to sell their studios so they can get their games on Xbox. How about you stop being a goddamn fanboy and buy the right console to play the games on? But wait, that makes sense, Xbox fanboys don't have any sense.

M-M1238d ago

Dark11 is the perfect example of a troll that uses controversial news stories to aid him in his trolling lol.

mhunterjr1238d ago

There's no way Sony would sell studios to MS. But typically when folks are layed of, they do provide exit counseling, which helps employs find jobs at other developers.

Tony-A1238d ago (Edited 1238d ago )

LMFAO!

Dude, you realize it's March this month, right? It's the end of the fiscal year, this stuff happens every year around this time, especially on the tail end of a major console release.

Yeah, some of these layoffs are fishy, but 90% of them are done due to re-evaluating a company's fiscal goals and budgets for the year.

Hard to imagine a multi-billion dollar conglomerate suffering because they're releasing some people... you know that means there's less people they need to pay, right?

The bottom line is this - sure, every developer needs a leader, but a AAA title isn't done by just one or two people. Its like the Amy Henning story; to think that she just wrote a one-off draft of the Uncharted script and it made it straight into the game is insane. There are many other hands in the pie when it comes to big titles.

ZodTheRipper1238d ago

Trolls seem to love these kind of news.

ramiuk11238d ago

no way,the gaming industry is having a shakeup as usual, few more than i would like but all the talented people will walk into new studios,create own etc,just alot of projects coming to end and people having a new drive/genre they want to explore.
would of prefered them to just expand into studios and keep undfer sony umbrella but it isnt the end for them.
We never really hear of all the people they take on,just the ones u leave.
its the way the media thrives of something they can make sound bad.

happened for years just wasnt as reported.

MysticStrummer1238d ago

"@Team_Litt

10/10 Bubble up +"

That pretty much says it all about you. No need to read anything else you post.

Genuine-User1238d ago (Edited 1238d ago )

"Connecting dots where they don't need to be connected.

Stig and his team spent almost 100 million dollars on a game that failed every QA test that took. The game sucked. They shitcanned the game and a lot of the people involved. They offered stig a spot on barlog's project - he didn't want to go from game director to something lesser so he quit.

This makes sense, right? Shitty game, money wasted, people fired, head guy leaves out of ego? I mean that all makes sense.

Amy Hennig has creative differences about the direction that UC4 should go in. Egos swell, she leaves. She's happy, she will make another studio much better when she gets there. Justin Richmond, an ally of Hennig's, gets an offer he can't refuse from Riot. He leaves.

These things happen. Naughty Dog is going to be fine. UC4 will still be awesome. Riot will be better with the pickup of Richmond and whoever gets Hennig will be better off. The sky isn't falling.

Guerilla Cambridge is working on a vita game that is shit and won't sell. They slim down as they retool for another project.

Again - this isn't new. This happens a lot.

The director of Driveclub doesn't deliver the game on time. Given more time the game still needs work. He is replaced.

Wouldn't you replace him? Wouldn't you shitcan stig's project that cost them almost 100 mil and had nothing of value to show for it? In fact they should have done it two years ago. The fact they let it go this far is a testament to how much they believed in him after GoW 3.

And all of this is happening before the fiscal year ends. Is sony trimming fat? Of course. Sony corporation is not in a great spot. So they are tightening up a bit. But a lot of people are connecting dots that don't need to be connected. Hennig/Richmond is about creative differences and ego. Stig is about wasted money and time. Col Rogers (driveclub) is about failing to deliver. Taken on their own they all make sense. Combine them together and you get glenn beck with a chalkboard.

And Jack Tretton was about money and inability to move up. He will make more money and have more power somewhere else - something Sony simply could not offer him. Shit happens.

It's the same with the xbox department guys. People move around. People leave for other companies. Shit happens. "

Source - famousmortimer

chickenface1238d ago

"The future for ND isn't bright" lol so jealous stealth troll. stealth troll soooo sad that xbone hast got the ND.

Beastforlifenoob1237d ago

It's funny that whatever news in this case neutral is spinned to look negative...

What if this benifited not only the company but also the quality of the games?

I will see weather this has done good when Uncharted 4 comes down.

frostypants1237d ago

They let the guy who was responsible for the relatively underwhelming Uncharted 3 go. Seems like an OK move to me.

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frostypants1238d ago

Still haven't seen any proof that people are switching companies this gen more than at any other time.

Frankfurt1238d ago

Not "companies". Just Sony.

6 people in TWO MONTHS (2 from naughty, 2 from SSM, tretton and the sucker punch lead).

That is NOT NORMAL.

Add the 15000 lay-offs, 40 stores closed, 3 years in a row losing billions, selling their main building, and you have more than smoke. You have fire.

ZodTheRipper1238d ago

^And it's good that Sony is taking action to keep the business afloat. If that means laying people off then so be it. In this case, it's not a layoff though - he left on his own will.

LaChance1238d ago