Assassin's Creed III animation director joins Naughty Dog

#1 Edited by The_Last_Ride (70658 posts) -

After the recent departures, Naughty Dog has hired the AC III animation director.

While Naughty Dog had a long run of studio departures and employees leaving for several months, new employees coming in is certainly a welcome relief to the flurry of leavings experienced in the last few months.

After catching an update on his LinkedIn profile, animator Jonathan Cooper is reported to now be working at Naughty Dog, with his LinkedIn profile saying that Cooper started with the studio back in March. Previously, Cooper worked at Ubisoft and Bioware, having primarily worked on Mass Effect/Mass Effect 2 and lead as Animation Director on Assassin’s Creed III.

Prior to joining Naughty Dog, Cooper was working on an unannounced project at Ubisoft Montreal as Animation Director, with the description reading that Cooper was helping to prototype “a revolutionary new kind of navigation system for next-gen systems.”

Stay tuned for more information on both Cooper’s upcoming projects and word from Naughty Dog.

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#2 Posted by jasean79 (2357 posts) -

Wasn't AC:3 the worst in the series? I never played it, but didn't feel like I was missing out much.

#3 Posted by The_Last_Ride (70658 posts) -

@jasean79 said:

Wasn't AC:3 the worst in the series? I never played it, but didn't feel like I was missing out much.

Story wise, but graphically and gameplay wise, it was solid. It was the setting, story and progression that was lacking

#4 Edited by Lulu_Lulu (10284 posts) -

I hope this puts an end to the "Naughty Dog is Doomed" crap thats going on around here.

#5 Edited by The_Last_Ride (70658 posts) -

I hope this puts an end to the "Naughty Dog is Doomed" crap thats going on around here.

System Wars likes to do that

#6 Edited by Lulu_Lulu (10284 posts) -

@The_Last_Ride

I'm all down for conflict... It gets results. But anything that comes out of arguing stupid stuff like developers moving around is just not worthing the trouble.

#7 Posted by maynardburger (187 posts) -

Wise move if this guy has been a major reason for Ubisoft's top-notch animation.

#8 Posted by geniobastardo (1294 posts) -

Oooo I see that's why we've been receiving news about "Adult Ellie". I think that 'fan' is this Ubi employee.

#9 Posted by BranKetra (48120 posts) -

You totally copy-pasted that article.

Anyway, Jonathan Cooper does good work. His expertise as a lead animator will help Naughty Dog games continue to be of high quality.

#10 Posted by The_Last_Ride (70658 posts) -

Wise move if this guy has been a major reason for Ubisoft's top-notch animation.

There was a big jump from Revelations to AC III

#11 Posted by IndianaPwns39 (5037 posts) -

@jasean79 said:

Wasn't AC:3 the worst in the series? I never played it, but didn't feel like I was missing out much.

Yes but the animations were amazing.

#12 Posted by shellcase86 (1934 posts) -

I'm sure he's quality. Ubisoft's got some fantastic animation work in their titles.

#13 Posted by BranKetra (48120 posts) -

@jasean79 said:

Wasn't AC:3 the worst in the series? I never played it, but didn't feel like I was missing out much.

Yes but the animations were amazing.

Yes, they were.

#14 Posted by The_Last_Ride (70658 posts) -

I'm sure he's quality. Ubisoft's got some fantastic animation work in their titles.

i agree

#15 Edited by Jacanuk (4219 posts) -
#16 Edited by The_Last_Ride (70658 posts) -

@Jacanuk said:

@The_Last_Ride: Hmmm ok

And this is important because????

Naughty Dog lost their lead artist last week and people were screaming "DOOM!" for Naughty Dog

#17 Posted by Jacanuk (4219 posts) -

@The_Last_Ride: Ahh ya but thats just because people know jack about the inner workings in a company.

Naughty Dog also lost Gavin when him and his co-founder sold the company in 2000 to sony but it still survived.

#18 Posted by The_Last_Ride (70658 posts) -

@Jacanuk said:

@The_Last_Ride: Ahh ya but thats just because people know jack about the inner workings in a company.

Naughty Dog also lost Gavin when him and his co-founder sold the company in 2000 to sony but it still survived.

True, but people like to predict the doom of Sony