Cristophe Balestra is moving on from the company.
In a post on Naughty Dog’s website, Balestra has announced he is leaving the company after 15 years. Long-time co-president Evan Wells will take over as president of Naughty Dog on April 3.
“It’s very challenging to come to the realisation 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).”
Of course, Naughty Dog is the studio behind the likes of Jak & Daxter, Crash Bandicoot, Uncharted and The Last Of Us.
We wish Balestra all the best for the future, and can’t wait to see what direction the studio takes next.