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Neil Druckmann is now co-president of Naughty Dog

Will still direct and write games.

Neil Druckmann is now co-president of Naughty Dog, the studio has announced.

Druckmann joins Evan Wells at the top of the Sony-owned developer, which is famous for the Uncharted and The Last of Us series.

Druckmann, who joined Naughty Dog in 2004, was the creative director and writer of 2013’s The Last of Us, creative director and lead co-writer of 2016’s Uncharted 4, and creative director and lead co-writer of 2020’s The Last of Us 2 (Aoife’s spoiler-heavy interview with Druckmann about The Last of Us 2 is well worth a read). He served as vice president of Naughty Dog for almost three years. Alison Mori and Christian Gyrling are the new vice presidents of Naughty Dog. Mori was director of operations, and Gyrling was co-director of programming.

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Druckmann took to Twitter to say “I’ll still be directing and writing while helping to mentor the next wave of creators”.

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There’s no word yet on Naughty Dog’s next game, although in 2019 the studio signalled a The Last of Us 2 multiplayer experience of some sort. Perhaps a PlayStation 5 version of The Last of Us 2 is in the works? Druckmann is currently executive producer and writer of the HBO The Last of Us TV show, alongside Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin.

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