Christophe Balestra Announces Departure From Naughty Dog

Co-President of Naughty Dog Christophe Balestra has announced that he will be leaving the company next month. 15 years after first joining the company as a programmer. Christophe has run Naughty Dog alongside Evan Wells, the other Naughty Dog co-President, and has seen the company move from strength to strength. He has helped oversee the development of the Uncharted franchise as well as The Last Of Us, two IPs that have left a lasting impression on millions worldwide.

In his open letter Christophe Balestra had the following to say.

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I never thought I would be saying something this difficult so soon — after fifteen years here, I am announcing my departure from Naughty Dog. My last day will be on April 3, 2017.

It’s very challenging to come to the realization that it’s time to step away from a career to pursue fulfilling personal ambitions and projects.  I am doing it now out of utmost respect for the team and their unwavering dedication to Naughty Dog and our projects. The time has come for me to now spend more time with my family and create a void to see what I can fill it with (which will obviously involve programming).

Thanks from the bottom of my heart to everyone I worked with during the last fifteen years, it’s just been incredible.

And to all the fans… I know what’s in store and, with Evan leading the best team on the planet as President, I know that Naughty Dog will continue to blow you away!

The full statement can be read on the official Naughty Dog website. We’d like to wish Christophe luck in his future endeavours and thanks for being part of a team that has brought some amazing games to our consoles.

Source: Naughty Dog

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