Justin Richmond has announced his departure from Naughty Dog. According to a report from NZ Gamer on March 28, the game director confirmed that he will be leaving the development team behind the upcoming tentatively-titled “Uncharted 4” in order to join Riot Games.
He went on to state that he loves Naughty Dog and believes that the employees should “continue to create awesome games going forward.” However, he also thinks that his new company, Riot Games, has “some really innovative stuff going on” that he couldn’t wait to be a part of. You can find some screens showcasing the previously-released “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception” in the media gallery to the left of this article and his statement below (courtesy of IGN and NZ Gamer):
I have in fact made the decision to leave Naughty Dog. I love the company and the people and know that they will continue to create awesome games going forward. On a happier note, after careful consideration and exploration I have joined Riot Games. There is some really innovative stuff going on here that I can't wait to be a part of.
Justin Richmond is the second high-profile name to be leaving Naughty Dog. In addition to “Uncharted 4,” he was the game director for “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception” and multiplayer lead for “Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.” It is unknown who will be taking his spot although a recent report suggested that Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann may be taking control of the project.
Amy Hennig, the creative director, also left Naughty Dog earlier this month. Sony Computer Entertainment previously reassured fans that her departure won’t have a negative impact on the development of “Uncharted 4,” which currently does not have an official release date.