Developer Naughty Dog has announced that it will promote its vice president, Neil Druckmann, to co-president. Druckmann will now work alongside Chairman Evan Wells, overseeing Sony's partner studio going forward.
“Neil Druckmann now joins me as co-chairman of Naughty Dog, after serving nearly three years as vice-chairman,” Wells said in an official press release. “Additionally, we welcome Alison Mori and Christian Gyrling as Vice Presidents of Naughty Dog. Prior to becoming Vice President, Alison was our Director of Operations and Christian was our Co-Director of Programming. »
“We have an incredible team at Naughty Dog and being able to work alongside each of them is especially meaningful these days. I'm proud of the team when I'm able to recognize their accomplishments and contributions to the studio. Please join me in congratulating them all! "
Druckmann has worked with Naughty Dog for most of his video game career. Joining the company in 2004, the Israeli-American worked as an intern before taking on coder roles on titles such as Jak 3 and Jak X: Combat Racing. Druckmann's break came as a designer on the Uncharted series, which eventually led to a famed creative director role in the ultra-dark adventure The Last of Us.
Druckmann was promoted to Vice President of Naughty Dog during the lengthy production of the equally dark sequel The Last of Us Part II. Druckmann's new role as co-chairman comes in the wake of the title's release last summer, where it sold more than four million copies worldwide in its opening week. Druckmann will also serve as producer on the upcoming television adaptation of The Last of Us.