For years, Neil Druckmann has served as an important member of Naughty Dog. starting in 2004 as a gameplay programmer, Druckmann slowly worked his way up the studio’s ladder. Now, following the studio’s latest launch, it has been announced that Neil Druckmann will become co-president at Naughty Dog.
In an announcement on its website, Naughty Dog’s president Evan Wells released an update saying “As we close out a year that has seen its challenges as we all live through a global pandemic, there have been bright moments too. One exciting moment for Naughty Dog was the long-anticipated release of The Last of Us Part II in June. Another moment comes today as we wanted to share some other terrific news about the studio.”
This ‘terrific news’ pertains to the fact that “Neil Druckmann now joins me as Co-President of Naughty Dog, after serving almost three years as Vice President. In addition, we’re welcoming Alison Mori and Christian Gyrling as Vice Presidents of Naughty Dog. Prior to becoming Vice President, Alison served as our Director of Operations and Christian served as our Co-Director of Programming.”
Wells concluded by saying “We have such an incredible team at Naughty Dog and being able to work alongside each and every one of them is especially meaningful these days. I feel proud of the team when I’m able to recognize their accomplishments and contributions to the studio. Please join me in giving them all a big congratulations!”
Many of these promotions feel like natural progressions and so while it may not come as a huge surprise, it is certainly a welcome move, especially following the departure of Bruce Straley from Naughty Dog in 2014.
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