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'Uncharted 4: A Thief's End' developer loses two more key members

'Uncharted 4: A Thief's End'
'Uncharted 4: A Thief's End'
Photo courtesy of Sony Computer Entertainment, used with permission

Naughty Dog, the developer behind "Uncharted 4: A Thief's End," is losing two more key members. According to a report from Kotaku on Aug. 3, Jacob Minkoff and Taylor Kurosaki have left the studio in order to join Infinity Ward, the team behind "Call of Duty Ghosts." Jacob Minkoff was the lead game designer while Taylor Kurosaki was the lead narrative designer for Naughty Dog.

The two individuals are the latest departures that have plagued the first-party development team from Sony Computer Entertainment in the past several months. Amy Hennig left the company in order to take a job with Visceral Games to work on a new video game based on the "Star Wars" intellectual property. Justin Richmond also decided to leave to join Riot Games, the developer behind "League of Legends."

To replace the two original directors of "Uncharted 4: A Thief's End," Naughty Dog had to call in Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann, the two individuals that led the development of "The Last of Us." It is unknown how the recent shuffling will have an impact of the fourth main "Uncharted" game as well as other future projects from the studio. The company started work on another game aside from the PS4 port of "The Last of Us" as well as the aforementioned sequel.

Infinity Ward is best known for developing "Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare," which became one of the best-selling games of the previous generation. However, several key members left during the development of "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3." With the additions of Jacob Minkoff and Taylor Kurosaki, the company appears to be committed to trying to recapture some of the former glory from the previous installments of the first-person shooting series.

Despite the departures, "Uncharted 4: A Thief's End" is coming out next year as a PS4 exclusive title. You can find a screen featuring the main character, Nathan Drake, near the top of this article (via the Playstation Facebook account). The next "Call of Duty" game from Infinity Ward is most likely coming out in 2016.