Bruce Straley: It’s impossible to summarize 18 of the most influential years of my career in a blog post, but here we are — today, with the heaviest of hearts, I am announcing my departure from Naughty Dog.
i would prefer Druckman to leave the company ...Strahley was cool and from the "older" in terms of experience staff there
1. Let's not make this about anyone else 2. Druckman together with Bruce helmed two of the best ND games ever made.
i say this because Druckman has proved to be more problematic (or more of the same someone could say) in game developent, directing U4 to be a lot like movie rather than a game , removing genuine elements from the game and worst of all he s following the political intrusion trend in games
Let's not make up stuff out of thin air. Uncharted 4 was codirected, if you didn't know already. So which gameplay elements were removed on Druckman's request?
UC 1 and 2 > 4.
Last of Us > Uncharted 2 > the rest :D, that sucks he is leaving.
Druckman is Littlefinger
Actually naruga sort of has a point. I did feel Uncharted 4 tried to be far too similar to The Last of Us. It took away from what made Uncharted games special in the first place. While I believe that The Last of Us is superior to the entire Uncharted series, Uncharted 2 definitely remains the series' best. No other Uncharted game has managed to top it.
Man, you chat out of your ass sometimes.. Thanks Bruce for directing my two favourite games of all time.
This is the first time I agree with you. Straley is the last good game director at Naughty Dog.
@HeisenbergX Relax bro. And NO, I know many things about ND. I played AND finished every ND game on PS consoles except Uncharted TLL.
You would say that now, only after he has left.
@Deep-throat - "This is the first time I agree with you. Straley is the last good game director at Naughty Dog." I'll bet good money he said the exact same thing when Amy Hennig left
You don't know shit you're a troll and straley is def not the last good director at nd
@Deep-Throat I'm not convinced by your word and your attitude.
deep throat "This is the first time I agree with you. Straley is the last good game director at Naughty Dog." lol! didnt u say the same when Amy left... jeez!! in that case Xbox has none... Good luck!
"I know many things about Naughty Dog" "Straley is the last good game director at Naughty Dog" Firstly how does this article even concern you? Secondly, what right do you have saying Naughty dog have lost their last game director? You dont know ANYTHING about the inner workings at ND let alone the credentials . I guess the studio's success is too much for you too handle.
Shaun Escayg and Kurt Margenau say hi.
I wonder where he's headed...please tell me it's not the dark side because they need exclusives.
Hes not. Now you can rest your tin foil head on your pillow my friend!
Did I hurt your feelings @81BX. For the record I bought an Xbox one day one then traded it to someone for a PS4 because it made me depressed.
@sierraguy What are feelings? Must be something you protect in your safe room.
@81BX ...more of a safe house...the house of PlayStation.
Why leave when you can force other people out?
They volunteer to leave and move on. Not force.
Well one does need to become more corporate in order to drive other people out.. And I'm guessing not many people in games development like to do that
Watt is happening at ND first Christop balestra and now bruce wtf ?
Well. They made a bunch of classics. I say they have earned the right to spread their legs and do other things. As much as I would like to see them pump out crazy hit after hit... I also understand many dev groups go their whole carrier not even achieving half the success ND has. I say let them go and do as they please.
Watt is happening at ND first Christop balestra and now bruce wtf ? Happens with every industry... Bruce was with ND for 18 years and its obvious he would want to do something else.. People are blowing things out of proportion here...
Spead their "wings" and do other things. Maybe even "stretch" their legs and do other things. First time I've heard someone say "spread their legs and do other things". That sounds like advice most parents wouldn't give. On topic, it's not unusual for people to want change and try something new. We will all find out soon enough I would imagine.
Who are these dumb fikks trying to start a controversy where there is none. Childish people. @naruga How old are you. Good luck to Bruce on whatever he is doing next, can't wait to here about it. Also, thanks for being a big part of some of my favorite games.
I totally agree, Strahley was the real talent. Druckmann just virtue signals. A real shame.
I get it. I know what Druckman did. But you have to remember that these two share their similar ideas and motivations. They are two best friends. And Bruce, Good luck, my friend.
If you worry about Neil, here the things. The Lost Legacy Is directed by different person and it got a lot of great reviews. Meaning Naughty Dogs have a lot of talents people in their studio. So it not just Bruce, Neil and Amy. Their new IP will direct by different person.
The Lost Legacy was directed by different person and it got a lot of great reviews. It can show that ND has a lot of talent members.
You have zero clue what you're talking about.
We need to keep politics out of games! Now movies, books, music, and everything else that's an artform can have it! Just not games! They're just for kids!
No, no, politics in games are fine... as long as they are the politics I agree with. Everyone I disagree with however is virtue signalling and needs to have their freedom to speech and creation taken away! /s
Seriously, why do you continue to leave stupid ass comments?
Just curious, but how many people commenting here have experience as a game director at a high profile company? Not me.
Thank you for everything you've worked on at Naughty Dog. I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavours.
IN ND WE TRUST!
Thank you for U2 Bruce, my favourite adventure game of all time. Good luck in your new endeavors and above all, keep having fun making such great games so we can have as much fun playing them.
Wish him well. He helped create some of the best games I have ever played.
So N4G is going to throw a funeral like something from the ending of Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2? Yes, this is a fanboy joke. Loved his work, he is a very special Dev.
And you made a very poor joke. So predictable from you.
Poor? POOOOR? IT WAS AN A EXCELLENT JOKE, A JOKE FOR THE GODS....THE GOLDEN GODS! Wouldn't take offense if you were neutral, like meeeee.
He co-directed The Last of Us & Uncharted 2, that is a huge loss.
In my opinion, between PS1 era to PS4 era, you can see that the old director leaves after they made great game and then a new one take over which lead making another amazing game for example, Crash to Jak to Uncharted to The Last Of Us to ???. So what I am trying to say is that someone with fresh ideas might take over as the new co-director and help make the next new IP just like how Bruce and Drunknman took over as directed and made an amazing game Uncharted 2/TLOU
That would be nice, maybe someone new will come along with ideas for a Jak & Daxter sequel.
NOOOOOOOOO who's gonna keep Druckman in check now?
Thanks for everything you did at Naughty Dog, Bruce
Nooooooooooooooooo.......just kidding. Best of luck to him as he will be missed. Wonder where he will end up next? Things like this always make me feel deep down that as a person we connect with things we love and get used to seeing and expecting certain things over time and then one day it all changes...such is life and people come and go and we miss them. ND is the best in the business and its because of the talented people they have that are totally dialed in to what they love to do and that is to make some of the greatest games we have had the chance to play.Good luck Bruce, you will be missed and were a part of something special for 18 years.
Dam. Should have seen it coming with his quietly taking distance from the team but still didnt expect that. Sad news for ND but good luck to him and surely some good stuff he's working on
It's kind of hard not to put this and the recent Hennig reflection together in some sense. I think it says a lot about where they are heading as a studio. They were naughty dogs best game writers and I'm kind of glad they are gone. I'm really looking forward to their future works, hopefully Straley goes independent instead of hopping onto a publisher like EA. I'd love to see him and Hennig reunite some time in the future as well.
Oh, Christ. This is huge.... Best wishes to Bruce. His work was extremely demanding and I cannot fault him for doing what he needed to for his own sanity. He's got a lot of faith in his team, and I can't thank him enough for his contributions in making some of the most memorable I've ever played. He and Druckmann are/ were an incredible team and any studio ast this point would be extremely lucky to have him. Right on, Bruce. Keep rockin'.
One thing that has me worried now is the Last of us 2
He was never involved with The Last of Us 2
I've read working for naughty dog is intense, I hope he goes on to make amazing games. This won't effect tlou part 2 because he wasn't involved in it.
Whew....thank GOD. Easily my most anticipated game of the gen. How involved was he in the 1st?
Co-directed it with Druckmann.
I know, but what were his infuences? Technical, artistic? Srs questions.
He co directed tlou, but was not involved with uncharted 4 and it was still excellent. Tlou part 2 is also my MOST anticipated game.
I think he is a gameplay designer/director.. so basically every gameplay design and decisions in TLOU went through him..
@VerminSc Straley was most definitely involved in uncharted 4. He was the game director of the game like in Uncharted 2 and The Last of Us.
The Last of Us: Part II with infinite genders confirmed. THANKS DRUCKMANN.
Hahaha , but seriously Bruce leaving sucks so bad and i'm legitimately scared that could be exactly the case we all know how Druckman loves that.
What is people's problem with Druckmann? I don't get it.
Drunkmann like to applies his agenda/politics aka SJW to Naughty Dog games and many people want nothing to do with that since it might actually ruin the game flow.
Druckmann is a great director. He's a very political person though, and he is often tempted to bring his agendas into his games. Straley was always there to work with him, and sort of kept Druckmann in check. Without Straley, there's nothing to really stop Druckmann from bringing social justice and politics into his games. A lot of gamers just want to enjoy the games and aren't as interested in social issues, which is why some people might be worried. However, I think we should give him the benefit of the doubt. Unless he proves otherwise, we shouldn't have anything to worry about.