In light of the plethora of high profile departures from Naughty Dog, Sony Asia Region Marketing Manager Naito Arata has stated that these things are a “daily occurence,” in effort to put people’s minds at ease regarding the developer’s current projects.
“Lately developers leaving Naughty Dog have made the news often. In this the gaming industry and the movie industry in hollywood are the same. People move with every project, and this kind of movement is a daily occurrence.”
“After shipping a successful project like The Last of Us, developers will be in high demand and will be offered better salary.”
“I feel that the great thing about Naughty Dog is that they managed to keep their DNA and produce top quality products for 30 years in an industry where the exchange of top talent is this intense. You could say that all the staff shares the same ‘height of the hurdle'”
“It’s also because of the organization is structured like a small Japanese factory in the good old days… (or at least I think so, because I never worked in a small Japanese factory in the good old days, lol)”
Over the past few months, Naughty Dog has lost several key members of its staff, including Uncharted creative director Amy Henning, leading many to believe that there might be unrest in the Santa Monica based studio.
Naughty Dog is currently working on both the PlayStation 4 re-release of The Last of Us, The Last of Us: Remastered, and the fourth iteration of the Uncharted series for PlayStation 4.