Naughty Dog Co-President Is Retiring After 15 Years

Christophe Balestra is leaving the company.


Naughty Dog co-president Christophe Balestra, who has worked at the developer since 2002, is retiring, the Uncharted and Last of Us studio announced today.

"I never thought I would be saying something this difficult so soon--after fifteen years here, I am announcing my departure from Naughty Dog. My last day will be on April 3, 2017," he said in a blog post.

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We don't know for sure what Balestra is doing next, but in the blog post he said he is leaving Naughty Dog to "pursue fulfilling personal ambitions and projects."

"The time has come for me to now spend more time with my family and create a void to see what I can fill it with (which will obviously involve programming)," he explained.

Naughty Dog's other co-president, Evan Wells, is still with the company.

"Evan has been the perfect partner and I couldn't imagine achieving the success we've had without him. It's been a privilege to work with you, my friend," Balestra said.

Finally, Balestra teased that Naughty Dog has exciting projects in the works for fans to look forward to.

"And to all the fans… I know what's in store and, with Evan leading the best team on the planet as president, I know that Naughty Dog will continue to blow you away!" he said.

Naughty Dog has two announced in-development projects: Uncharted: The Lost Legacy and The Last Of Us: Part II.

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