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Apr 28 2014
By: conquerator3 Uncharted Territory 1335 posts
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TLoU lead character artist leaves ND

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As reported by IGN. Michael Knowland, the lead character artist, whose most notable work has been The Last of Us, (he worked at ND for 3 years, 2 of which he spent working on TLoU) has posted on his LinkedIn account that he's leaving ND.

His future is unknown for now and so is the very reason for his departure. Might be that he is starting on a new project somewhere else?

I don't think it's too worrisome but it is another important person leaving the studio... I wonder if it's ok or something is indeed amiss ;/
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Apr 28, 2014

Well.... somehting is definitely going on. It wasn't a lay-off since it seems he left on his own. Is there some argument going on at the studios? Maybe major disagreements? I hope this doesn't turn into something similar that happened to Irrational Games studio (the way they shut down)

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Apr 28, 2014
I sure hope so!
That'd be a grim day for gaming...
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Re: TLoU lead character artist leaves ND

Apr 28, 2014
This happens all the time.

Nothing to get worked up about.

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^Sure, but there's been quite a few number of Naughter Dog folks leaving. So there is some concern in this issue. Although, yes, no need to get worked up..... yet

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Apr 28, 2014

You guys are too dramatic

 

3-4 people left/got booted out of a 200-300 man company, get a grip

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Apr 28, 2014

A lot of devs sign on to work on one project.  If you look at the Character Artist's linkeden,  he's only worked at Naughty Dog since 2011.   So he signed on for The Last of Us, and now that it's done, he's leaving.  Not a big deal.

 

I do think Amy Hennig left because there were disagreements within the company about the direction of Uncharted.  My guess is Neil and Bruce didn't like where Amy was taking the game so they took over.  That's the only big one, but it's still in good hands with everyone else there.

 

The other devs leaving isn't as big of a deal imo.

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Beheshti wrote:

You guys are too dramatic

 

3-4 people left/got booted out of a 200-300 man company, get a grip


How are we dramatic? We're just speculating on what might be happening. All we're saying is that it is sad to see a great charaacter artist leave and the other people at ND. That can't overreacting, now is it?

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Apr 28, 2014

The fact that four major developers have left in the space of month is something very major. When Uncharted PS4 was announced the two names they attached to the project were Amy and Justin. Both of those are gone. And we also had reports saying that Amy was kicked out. And considering she never made a statement saying why she left, I'd be inclined to believe it. 

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^I concur. Although I'm not sure about Amy being kicked out

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