Justin Richmond, who was most recently working as game director on the PlayStation 4 Uncharted game, has decided to leave Naughty Dog to join Riot Games. Riot are the studio that make the staggeringly popular League of Legends.
Richmond gave the following statement to IGN:
I have in fact made the decision to leave Naughty Dog, I love the company and the people and know that they will continue to create awesome games going forward. On a happier note, after careful consideration and exploration I have joined Riot Games. There is some really innovative stuff going on here that I can’t wait to be a part of.
This news comes not long after the departure of another of Naughty Dog’s leading creative talents, Amy Hennig, who left the company earlier this month. Sony Santa Monica, another key element in Sony Worldwide Studios family also suffered a significant round of layoffs recently so things aren’t exactly looking rosy for Sony in Southern California.
We’re not sure what impact this will have on the ongoing development of Uncharted for PlayStation 4 but both Richmond and Hennig were specifically noted as being involved with the project at the reveal last year so their roles were obviously something Sony was keen to promote. Hopefully there’ll be some reassuring words from SCEA soon.