Uncharted 3 Lead Designer Leaving Naughty Dog For Other Projects

Uncharted 3 Lead Designer Leaving Naughty Dog For Other Projects

After 8 years, the man behind Nathan Drake’s latest adventure is seeking pastures new.

Richard Lemarchand, who has served as lead designer and co-designer for the Uncharted trilogy, has told Gamasutra that he is leaving Uncharted developer Naughty Dog to join the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California.

He will be teaching at the Interactive Media Division of the university, and also working on a series of experimental games as part of a research project. “I’ll be surrounded by awesome people, talking craft and philosophy, and building strange new things!” he said.

Lemarchand has been working with Naughty Dog for 8 years, most notably on the critically acclaimed Uncharted trilogy. When asked about why he has chosen to move on to other projects now, he responded:

“I think the simplest answer is that it seems like a natural transition point. I was involved with the development of the Uncharted series not quite from the beginning, but almost… and even though the Uncharted series isn’t intended to be viewed as a trilogy, maybe there’s something about the number three that felt… there is a certain amount of completeness for me.”

There also appears to be an element of wanting to design something unusual away from the expectations of the mainstream. “I’ve always loved the experimental and avant-garde. I wanted to try to make a game in that sphere for the best part of a decade, now,” he explained.

Naughty Dog is currently working on the upcoming post-apocalyptic action adventure game The Last Of Us. With a new IP in the works from the makers of Uncharted and one of their team veterans working on experimental projects, the future could be very bright indeed.

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