Game Director Bruce Straley Is Leaving Naughty Dog

18 years after getting his start with Naughty Dog with work on Crash Team Racing, Straley is parting ways.

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In what he's calling the hardest decision of his career, Naughty Dog Game Director Bruce Staley is saying goodbye to the company. Staley has been around a long while, getting his start with Naughty Dog in 1999 when working as a texture artist for Crash Team Racing. Before that, he even worked on the 1993 X-Men title on Sega Genesis. 

Here's an excerpt from the full letter:

"I’m leaving Naughty Dog with the strongest team it’s ever had, and that’s saying a lot. But more than the talent, it’s the people that I’ll miss the most. The work culture at Naughty Dog is about getting out of your seat and solving problems together. It’s what has allowed me to build so many friendships and gain so much respect for this stellar group of people. I get it¬ —“it’s just work” — but when you spend as much time as we do together, in the pressure cooker of creative work and deadlines, you really get to know a person. And I’ve had my share of difficult and humbling moments. But having the privilege to see people grow beyond their concept of what’s possible for themselves technically, creatively, and personally has been the most rewarding aspect of my job and continues to motivate me to do the same. I’m so proud to have been a part of this team. I can’t wait to see what they create in the future."

In the full post he says that he will be continuing his creative efforts but doesn't have any news to share on specifically where he'll be working next. This is sad news that follows behind another departure from Naughty Dog earlier in the year and we're all still waiting to see what Amy Hennig's Star Wars project will be as well. We at Shacknews certainly wish him the best as he pursues his next project. His work is etched into the gaming history books and his work certainly isn't done.

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