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The Last of Us lead artist quits Naughty Dog

Nate Wells leaves Naughty Dog to join The Unfinished Swan developer Giant Sparrow.

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If there is a sequel to The Last of Us, it looks like lead artist for the first game, Nate Wells, won't be a part of it. Wells said on Twitter last night that he has left Naughty Dog to join The Unfinished Swan developer Giant Sparrow.

Both Naughty Dog and Giant Sparrow are based on Santa Monica, Calif., so Wells did not have to go far for his new job. Giant Sparrow released adventure game The Unfinished Swan in 2013 exclusively for the PlayStation 3. The studio is currently working on an unannounced game.

Wells--not to be confused with Naughty Dog co-president Evan Wells--leaves the studio around the same time that Uncharted writer Amy Hennig quit the outfit to join Electronic Arts. Before that, Uncharted 4 director Justin Richmond left Naughty Dog for League of Legends studio Riot Games.

Prior to joining Naughty Dog in August 2012, Wells worked at Irrational Games on BioShock Infinite. Naughty Dog is currently working on The Last of Us Remastered and a new Uncharted game, both of which are coming to the PlayStation 4.

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