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Uncharted 4 Game Director Justin Richmond has left Naughty Dog

It was only three weeks ago that Amy Hennig, Naughty Dog’s creative director and writer had left the company. Now, Justin Richmond, who had previously lead development of Uncharted 2’s multiplayer, directed Uncharted 3 and had been given the reigns of the series’ first entry in the current generation announced that he too would be departing the studio, and heading to Riot Games, developer of the popular MOBA League of Legends.

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What does this mean for Uncharted 4’s development? With rumors swirling about the grittier and less campy direction that Neil Drukmann and Bruce Staley want to take the series after the immensely positive response that both critics and gamers alike had to ‘The Last of US’ this may be further proof that the next Uncharted might involve less wisecracking and narrative dissonance and put even more emphasis on the psyche of its main character and the darker side of the rare artifacts business. Dare I say it, maybe Tomb Raider put the fear of god into the studio that something drastic had to be done with the direction of their most popular franchise.

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Eliot Rolen

Eliot Rolen

While I've traveled the world since the tender age of 6 I have never been far from the world of video games. I currently live in the Netherlands and aim to provide an international perspective on gaming culture to the ravenous audience of Dual Pixels. My favorite genres are first or third person action-adventures and western role playing games. That being said, I play everything I can on my PS4 and PS Vita.

  • http://gravatar.com/lazyanmtor lazyanmtor

    what how does that even work!?

    • Eliot Rolen

      Sorry lazyanmtor, what are you referring to?

  • https://plus.google.com/114721058329703589992 Ryumoau

    God, i really hope they don’t turn uncharted into a dark game. What made uncharted interesting to me was the funny interactions between Nathan and his friends. Just because a dark approach worked for Last of Us, doesn’t mean they need to shoe-horn it into the Uncharted series. :(