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.