Uncharted, The Last of Us director Bruce Straley leaves Naughty Dog

After a stint of nearly two decades, game director Bruce Straley has decided to leave Naughty Dog.

In a post on the official site, Straley calls his run with the developer "18 of the most influential years" of his career, but goes on to say that following his work on three "extremely demanding projects", the time was right to move on.

For those not familiar with his work, he was a designer for Crystal Dynamics' Gex: Enter The Gecko and Gex 3: Deep Cover Gecko prior to him being hired by Naughty Dog in 1999. Following his hiring, he was a texture artist for Crash Team Racing and worked on the Jak and Daxter series.

Perhaps most notably, he was the co-art director on Uncharted: Drake's Fortune and game director for Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End and 2013's critically acclaimed title, The Last of Us.

There's no word as of yet about Straley's future endeavors, but he does state that with his departure "I, too, get to anticipate the next Naughty Dog masterpiece!"

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