Naughty Dog vet leaving to teach at USC

Richard Lemarchand leaving Uncharted developer after eight years to join School of Cinematic Arts at California college.

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Uncharted series developer Naughty Dog has lost one of its veteran designers. Gamasutra reports today that Richard Lemarchand is leaving the Santa Monica, California-based studio to join the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California (USC).

Lemarchand is charting out a new adventure

Lemarchand most recently served as lead designer on the much-praised Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. He will teach at the university's Interactive Media Division--the department thatgamecompany's Kellee Santiago and Jenova Chen trained at--and will also develop a string of "experimental games" for a future research project.

"For about ten years now, I've wanted to make a different kind of game, alongside my professional practice," Lemarchand said. "But… if I wanted to go out on a limb and take a chance to see some other opportunities, I always thought that the end of Uncharted 3 would be a good time to do that, and then I was very lucky that this opportunity came along."

Prior to joining Naughty Dog and working on the studio's now-famous Uncharted franchise, Lemarchand held high-level positions at Crystal Dynamics, where he worked on the Gex, Pandemonium, and Legacy of Kain franchises. Lemarchand began his game career as a designer for MicroProse.

Lemarchand plans to take a three-month backpacking trip across the world, where he'll get to work on ideas for his experimental titles. "Some are to do with procedural narrative; some are to do with space and exploration," Lemarchand said. "I've always been very interested in the power of environmental narrative."

USC was recently named the top game design school in the United States and Canada for graduate and undergraduate programs by The Princeton Review. The school topped the likes of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology, and The University of Utah to secure the top spot.

For more on Lemarchand's latest body of work, check out GameSpot's review of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception.

Discussion

37 comments
DyranLK
DyranLK

Bittersweet news, but alas -- time waits for no one, as they always say. (If that's...even related, lol. :P)

 

Wish him the best, and hopefully, Naughty Dog will be able to hold their own without the darn guy! (In all respect, of course.)

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Well many thanks Richard for helping to produce my favourite franchise to date. It's been a pleasure. Now you teach them kids good and proper!! :D

winnazdaluza
winnazdaluza

It's nice to see professionals coming back to teach the students .In my school it's the opposite. Each teacher has a foot out the door and cannot stand the idea of students making more money than they do.There is very little pride in the practice of teaching sometimes.

Flint247
Flint247

I wish him well on his future.

Da1ShrpSh0trGrl
Da1ShrpSh0trGrl

It's good to see real industry experts teach the future generations. When these guys retire, we will still qualified individual to write the games and story lines.

tightwad34
tightwad34

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tightwad34
tightwad34

I really wish him all the good fortune that may come his way, but I have to say that SC is going down.(I mean when we play them in Football)

dicegamer
dicegamer

my wishes good out to you love your work good luck i hope we see you again

soulless4now
soulless4now

All the cool stuff seems to go on at USC. I'm rather jealous. :P

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

I wish him all the best and my thanks for helping to bring us some truely awesome games.

vbgbn
vbgbn

@8a8eh911 Are you like mental or something?

pszone
pszone

Wish him luck and would like another jak game and another uncharted game near future plz

Viral-venom13
Viral-venom13

I wish him the best, now i know where i'm headed for school, lol!

Agent-M
Agent-M

I applied to this college, I hope I get accepted and have him as my professor.Wish me luck.

ashokmeena
ashokmeena

Best of luck. I have taken a few courses there, he'll be a great addition to the team.

toddx77
toddx77

Best of luck and teach your knowledge of making good games to the next generation so they don't end up making games like Activision and EA.

NS_Sonic204
NS_Sonic204

I respect his decision. But I will definitely miss his presence at Naughty Dog.

OmegaGear
OmegaGear

@WCU_deva I don't think anyone thinks that, lol.

Superzone
Superzone

.... I should transfer to USC.

8a8eh911
8a8eh911

So does this mean no uncharted on ps3 = XBOX BEST CONSOLE WITH MOST GAMES!

corrus
corrus

That's bad news very bad

eliebaz
eliebaz

i know where i'm transferring to next summer ;)

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

@Killer6b9, Couldn't have said it any better! Sad to see him go, but hey if you're gonna have Professor teach you the ways of game designing & developing; I can't think of a better teacher, lol.

sleepnsurf
sleepnsurf

Hope this does not mean U4 will not be as good as the first 3. I need more Uncharted goodness.

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

now Uncharted 4 will look like japanese anime

SirNormanislost
SirNormanislost

@Marky360 Well since he "can do" so your saying is fail

TheArcade
TheArcade

Why are all these developers leaving as of late, is the next generation really going to be that bad???

braindeadgamer
braindeadgamer

Well, they do say that if you love something, you've got to let it go.

Oldboy08
Oldboy08

Best of luck to him. Uncharted might just be my all time favorite trilogy. Thanks for the GREAT games!

Marky360
Marky360

Well I guess the sayings true those who can't do, Teach.

Killer6b9
Killer6b9

Well at least he is going to one of the best schools to teach how to make some stellar games! Mr. Lemarchand.....Good luck and hope to see your students make games at your par and better, we will all miss you!

endorbr
endorbr

Nooooo... Get back in there and start working on Uncharted 4. We need some good launch titles for the PS4.

Deadly_Nemesis
Deadly_Nemesis

Ugh...a teacher, really? Well thank you for contributing to Gex and Legacy of Kain.

NadCAtarun
NadCAtarun

Is it just my imagination or has there been lately a rather consistent stream of industry vets leaving the industry to try innovative or make retro stuff? Btw, @WCU_deva, I totally thought vet stood for veterinarian in the title before reading the article. ^^

sal_stinger
sal_stinger

Would like to thank him and wish him all the best.

WCU_deva
WCU_deva

Admit it, when you read the title you thought vet was short for veterinarian...

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

He shall instruct the next generation of creative designers. I wonder what games he will come up with. Teaching his craft to the game makers yet to come.