Trouble in paradise?
Several key Naughty Dog staffers have left the studio since 2014, including longtime
Uncharted creative director Amy Hennig,
Uncharted 3 director Justin Richmond, lead character artist Michael Knowland, and art director Nate Wells. Actor Alan Tudyk has come out and said that “weird changes” convinced him and fellow voice artist Todd Stashwick to walk away from
Uncharted 4 too.
Neil Druckmann, creative co-director, addresses the shift: “We pitched a pretty new story to the team, kind of like a new direction… A lot of things were pretty rough and just slotted in, so there was an ending, but it wasn’t as well defined. At some point we defined more of the [plot] thread and a more definitive ending, and did a second pitch for the team.”