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Uncharted Game Designer Quits Naughty Dog

Back to school.

Richard Lemarchand was Lead Designer or Co-Lead Designer on all three of Naughty Dog’s Uncharted games. He had been with the developers for eight very successful years. Now he’s moving on to pastures new.

Lemarchand has quit the Uncharted creators to go into a teaching role at the University of Southern California. He’ll be at the School of Cinematic Arts, teaching in the Interactive Media Division. Former attendees of that school include Jenova Chen and Kellee Santiago so perhaps Richard will have a hand in shaping the greatest minds of the next generation of games designers.

He will also be creating a number of experimental games as part of a research project for the school.

It’s always sad to see someone with a fantastic legacy for exceptional games moving on but the silver lining to this particular cloud is that Lemarchand will now have the opportunity to pass on some of his knowledge in one of the most fertile environments for new game designers.

Source: Gamasutra

  1. brillerment
    Since: Sep 2009

    Is that even legal? Are you allowed to quit Naughty Dog? Isn’t there a law against that?

    Comment posted on 30/04/2012 at 10:40.
    • bmg_123
      Since: Feb 2012

      Rules were made to be broken.

      Comment posted on 30/04/2012 at 19:03.
  2. jesta
    Since: Feb 2011

    Had the pleasure of meeting him both at Eurogamer Expo and GameCity Nottingham and have to say he’s one of the most humble game developers.

    Its rather sad to see him leave but I wish him the best and any person who gets the pleasure of working with him in his new ventures!

    Comment posted on 30/04/2012 at 10:53.
    • teflon
      Community Team
      Since: May 2009

      Same here, at EGX. Lovely chap.

      Comment posted on 30/04/2012 at 11:41.
      • Kevatron400
        Drake, baby.
        Since: Dec 2008

        Yeah he’s a really nice guy, and half of the reason I have a Vita!

        Comment posted on 30/04/2012 at 13:05.
  3. Nickboss1
    Since: Mar 2010

    He will be missed :(

    Comment posted on 30/04/2012 at 11:11.
  4. Nickboss1
    Since: Mar 2010

    As long as he dont take the dog with him.

    Comment posted on 30/04/2012 at 11:21.
  5. Crazy_Del
    Since: Jul 2009

    Aw man, he will be missed.
    All the best to Richard and his teaching to the world of Games!

    Comment posted on 30/04/2012 at 11:32.
  6. KeRaSh
    Since: Nov 2009

    Good for him. Passing on that knowledge will be valuable for future generations (of games and gamers).

    Comment posted on 30/04/2012 at 12:10.
    • bunimomike
      Since: Jul 2009

      Couldn’t agree more and something I’d love to see emulated across the industry. We’ll have generation after generation of incredible designers, etc.

      Comment posted on 30/04/2012 at 15:06.
  7. BrendanCalls
    Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc - YOHIMBÉ!!!
    Since: Forever

    Met him at EGX, he is a good guy and an engaging speaker.
    Can see why he may have taken this move though, its a great job teaching young minds how to make the next Uncharted and his legacy with Uncharted would be hard to top. Out at the top, who wouldn’t want to do that

    Comment posted on 30/04/2012 at 12:20.
  8. Jakster123x
    Since: Aug 2011


    :( I liked Richard.

    Comment posted on 30/04/2012 at 16:15.

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