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."


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

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leemo191668d ago (Edited 1668d ago )

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

Team_Litt1668d ago ShowReplies(8)
OlgerO1668d ago

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

amnalehu1668d 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.

Eonjay1668d 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.

abzdine1668d ago

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

NewMonday1668d ago (Edited 1668d 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.

some rumors and probable explanations..

miyamoto1668d ago

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

MysticStrummer1668d ago

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

HiddenMission1668d ago


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.

NewMonday1668d ago

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

maniacmayhem1668d ago


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?

purpleblau1668d ago

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

Eonjay1668d ago


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

nukeitall1668d 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.

UltimateMaster1668d ago

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

mewhy321667d ago

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

frostypants1667d 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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Dark111668d ago (Edited 1668d 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


10/10 Bubble up +


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.

Ezz20131668d ago (Edited 1668d ago )


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

speedforce1311668d 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-M1668d ago

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

mhunterjr1668d 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-A1668d ago (Edited 1668d ago )


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.

ZodTheRipper1668d ago

Trolls seem to love these kind of news.

ramiuk11668d 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.

MysticStrummer1668d ago


10/10 Bubble up +"

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

Genuine-User1668d ago (Edited 1668d 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

chickenface1668d ago

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

Beastforlifenoob1668d 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.

frostypants1667d 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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frostypants1668d ago

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

Frankfurt1668d ago

Not "companies". Just Sony.

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


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.

ZodTheRipper1668d 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.

LaChance1668d ago ShowReplies(3)
-Superman-1668d ago

1)Uncharted' writer and director Amy Hennig leaves Naughty Dog, reportedly forced out

2)Brian Karis leaves Naughty dog

3)Infamous: Second Son lead designer leaves Sony

4)PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale lead game designer leaves Sony Santa Monica

5)God of War Dev Stig Asmussen Leaves Sony Santa Monica

7)Sony America CEO Jack Tretton Steps Down

7)Superbot layoff

8)Sony Santa Monica layoff

9)Layoffs at Evolution Studios

10)Layoffs at Guerrilla Games

11)Layoffs at SCE London

12)Col Rodgers Is No Longer DriveClub's Game Director

supes_241668d ago

Omg, that lost literally makes me a little worried about the future of these companies quality of games in the future. I love my PS4 and losing these top people is worrisome.

thejigisup1668d ago

So we've got 12 major moves and fb bought oculus rift, pretty sure it's the beginning of the end of the world folks. I blame global warming.

zebramocha1668d ago

You got that wrong,superbot were a second party studio contracted to make pasbr,the people at ssm plus stig were working a game for 3+ years and from what was reported it wasn't doing well so it got nixed,nothing happened to evolution there was an update that did not make it on n4g but appeared on neogaf,GG games wasn't affected but GG Cambridge the people responsible for kz ps vita and Sony from what I've seen on gaf were restructuring their studios starting with scej and I guess working there way down.

liquidhalos1668d ago

I think for the sake of the customers who bought a ps4 based on sonys sterling first party reputation that Sony should say something to put our minds at ease. It is genuinely concerning to me that so many people have gone. Hopefully things are made clearer for us customers sooner rather than later.

TOTSUKO1668d ago

From a business perspective, it is best to cut loose or not pay the more expensive high profiled developers. It's tough to let go a proven talent of developers but this industry is always demanding innovation. A new generation with fresh and innovative ideas at a cheaper cost.

It is for the sake of the future!

Greatness Awaits!

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Pogmathoin1668d ago (Edited 1668d ago )

There is a lot of people in this industry, I am sure, for the talented people, there are many offers that cannot be refused, and also have families to consider as well.... Would not look into all the recent changes, departures, its just life.....

Ghoul1668d ago (Edited 1668d ago )

Well tbh this happpens and happend all the time and will happen all the time.

Peoples lives change and so do theyre Interesets and Jobs, its a ever changing process,

oh and the higher you get the most likely you switch, since your offered new oppurtunitys wich you then take.

Well until your in the top 5% of a company those are meant to stay longer since the benefit grows exponentially when you reached the "share" part in a company.

the only difference is that gaming "journalism" suddenly thinks those shifts in positions are the implication of something "big" goin on.

Actually they just try o imply a story behind a regular normal sheme, in the hopes to hit something....

its totally annoying and only servers the sole purpose of content no matter how irrelevant

p.s. see Dark11 below....

andibandit1667d ago

In the 7 years ive been into console gaming ive never seen anything like this happen. I guess it happens alot on planet defense.

Ghoul1667d ago

i dont understand what you mean ?

if you think i defended anything your blind......

Evilsnuggle1668d ago (Edited 1668d ago )

This one I have a problem with Uncharted 2 multiplayer was my favorite multiplayer of all time. I love UC2 multiplayer if Justin Richmond was responsible for that than he will really be missed. I think that Uncharted need a reboot it's to campy and slap stick for my taste. I was disappointed that ND is working on Uncharted 4 instead of The Last Of Us two. I hope that ND is Rebooting Uncharted Like many think a pre sequel Maybe. I hope A Pre sequel to uncharted maybe pirates In the 1700 would breathe new life in the series.

LexHazard791668d ago

Nah, if I want a pirate game I'll play AC4. What they need to do is something like "National Treasure" bring that adventure to the city!

Last_Boss1668d ago

I really have no good or bad opinion on this mass Western exodus. I just know this looks like the exact shift that the Japanese developers went through post PS2.

Let the cards play out.

mp12891668d ago

Infinity ward replaced almost everybody, yet COD sold better than ever. Just saying, sales of games like Uncharted most likely won't be effected. But the franchise is in danger of becoming repetitive in the future.

Razmossis1668d ago

Happens around this time EVERY YEAR
Trim fat, hire new talent

Pon41668d ago

Umm only Sony is this happening too go figure ...Sony financials are way way down lol...go Xbox One you beast

MUGEN811668d ago

You mean Sony's game dev companies.

PudgeySan1668d ago (Edited 1668d ago )

I think some of it is people are now watching for people to quit or be let go. Each name seems to be some big guy that you never heard of or heard of once until you read an article of someone being let go with the exception of a few. I am sure if you monitored any studio you might find the same thing or something similar. This might also be the studio letting it's younger talent move up kinda like kojima did with his other team. I wouldn't worry to much. Sony isn't going to release a console and shut down it's studios. Wouldn't be the best business plan.

CuddlyREDRUM1667d ago

Lukas, you are looking really stupid right now.

gameon19851667d ago

Nah, everyone is just leaving Sony for some reason this gen.

Blaze9291666d ago

Not good when a game keeps switching directors. Literally look at the progression of God of War games starting with David. IMO went downhill after each game and director switch.

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Nyxus1668d ago

Wow, another one? What's going on? :/

NegativeCreep4271668d ago (Edited 1668d ago )

I don't think all of these layoffs and people just "leaving* isnt a coincidence. I believe sony is conducting some major shake up or restructuring.

hkgamer1668d ago

I'm guessing it has to do with money.

Sony hasn't got any and working for these big studios/companies will never make you big money compared to getting lucky with a smaller company.

Dark111668d ago (Edited 1668d ago )

Maybe they are just jumping from the ship?

i agree with hkgamer.
they 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.

casualties List:

Amy Hennig (Creative Director) of Naughty Dog
Justin Richmond (Creative Director) of Naughty Dog
Col Rodgers (Creative Director) of Evolution Studios
Stig Asmussen (Creative Director) of Sony Santa Monica
Jaime Griesemer (Lead Designer) of Sucker Punch
60+ Employees of Sony Santa Monica
Employees of Evolution
Employees of Guerilla
Employees of SCE London
Seth Killian
Jack Tretton as President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America

Ghoul1668d ago (Edited 1668d ago )


please scroll up a little and read my comment


or it was allways like that but now we all get those "news" wich a few years would just have happend without letting the whole internet participate in it ?

DoubleM701668d ago

Yes they are doing some major restructuring. I think these cuts have to happen to get back into the black for the company. Sony has had Damn good talent at their studios for many many years.

DigitalRaptor1668d ago (Edited 1668d ago )

Sony Corp. has been restructuring for the past 3 or so years.

What we're seeing here is business as usual for this time of year, every year. The start of a generation is critical for any company in this industry, but this is just what happens. Fat is trimmed. Talent is poached. People shift around. Xbox has also had key folks leaving in the past few months, although not as many as in recent times for Sony:

Ballmer, Mattrick, Whitten, Larsson-Green.

Nintendo probably has too, but no-one makes a shake about that. Big companies have people coming and going, but not like the tail end of a generation, going into a new one.

This is a big deal, but only those with either naivety or hopeful agendas are looking into this as some kind of endgame for Sony and PlayStation.

Death1668d ago

I don't think any real gamer wants to see this happen. It doesn't happen every year like this either. Sure, people come and go, but not as many high profile positions across multiple first party studios. It is more than possible that they are moving on before the market gets flooded with more layoffs. We will know after Monday when the fiscal year ends for Sony and Hirai faces investors.

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Kalowest1668d ago

Sony doesn't have the money!

Dark111668d ago

Well People getting laid off for reason.

Charybdis1668d ago (Edited 1668d ago )

My guess is they are trying to reduce the number of ("non essential")directors/mana gers in order to increase their efficiency or something. They probably are offering a nice buy out sum for personnel willing to leave.

InTheLab1668d ago

When there's smoke, there's fire. There is clearly something wrong at Sony and at this point, it's well past normal day to day operations.

zebramocha1668d ago (Edited 1668d ago )

Not entirely in this case,ssm was the only studion to lose a sizable amount of people,like I touch on some in my post only a few people were affected overall in some of the studios.

InTheLab1668d ago

They lost Stig though. That is a major cause for concern.