Another prominent individual is leaving Naughty Dog, the studio behind “The Last of Us” and the upcoming “Uncharted 4.” According to a report from Twinfinite on April 20, Nate Wells has updated his Twitter profile to show that he is no longer employed at the award-winning company. Instead, he has joined Giant Sparrow, the studio behind “The Unfinished Swan” on the PS3, as the art director.
Before leaving Naughty Dog, Nate Wells worked on the original version of “The Last of Us,” which came out last June for the PS3. His other projects from his time with other companies include “Bioshock,” “System Shock 2” as well as several titles from the “Thief” series. The art director did not provide a reason as to why he decided to leave the first-party development team at Sony Computer Entertainment.
Nate Wells is the latest big name to depart Naughty Dog. The rest of the departures are related to the “Uncharted 4” project with Amy Hennig, the creative director, leaving early last month. Justin Richmond, the overall game director, also decide to detach himself from the company at the end of March. Bruce Stanley and Neil Druckman are rumored to be taking over the development for the fourth mainline installment of the “Uncharted” series.
Along with “Uncharted 4,” Naughty Dog is also working on “The Last of Us Remastered” for the PS4. The next-generation version comes with several post-launch DLC packs in addition to some gameplay and graphics improvements. You can find the box art of the upcoming title from the official Playstation Twitter page with the image near the top of this article.
“The Last of Us Remastered” is coming out sometime during the summer in the North American region. Several retailers have listed a release date of June 20 for the port. The launch window for “Uncharted 4” is still muddled, especially with the departures of the development over the past several months. Sony Computer Entertainment is expected to provide some details regarding the sequel at E3 2014, however.