Naughty Dog Co-President Evan Wells Will Retire; New Leadership Team Announced

Published: July 11, 2023 6:05 PM /


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Today Naughty Dog announced that co-president Evan Wells has decided to retire at the end of the year. 

This announcement turns the last page on a carer at the studio started 25 years ago. Wells was the 14th developer hired at Naughty Dog when the studio was still relatively young and small. 

Co-president Neil Druckmann has also announced a new leadership structure for the beloved studio. He will remain the Head of Studio and take on the responsibility of Head of Creative. On the other hand, Alison Mori is being promoted to Studio Manager and Head of Operations, joining Drucmann in steering the business side of the studio.

Arne Meyer is now Head of Culture and Communications, while Christian Gyrling will be Head of Technology. Erick Pangilinan and Jeremy Yates will join the leadership team as co-Heads of the Art Departments, while Anthony Newman will become Head of Production and Design.

Recently, we heard that Naughty Dog has delayed its The Last of US multiplayer game, which has been teased and never fully revealed for a long time. According to the developer, the game requires more time in the oven, but a"brand new single-player experience" is also in the works. 

On the other hand, the PC port of The Last of Us Part I has been launched to mixed reception due to a variety of issues, and the developer has been very active in updating it to progressively fix the problems encountered by the players.

on the other hand, the TV show dedicated to the series has recently aired on HBO and HBO Max, and it has been met with widespread praise from critics and fans. It has been renewed for season 2 after just two episodes, which is definitely a testimony to its success and to how loved the franchise is by its fans. 


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