Naughty Dog: Sony Manager Explains Recent Departures: “It’s a Daily Occurrence” in the Industry

Lately a few prominent developers have left Naughty Dog in order to pursue other endeavors, and each of those departures has found prominent purchase in the news. As a matter of fact it seemed that a few very visible media outlets purposely hunted down every single developer that decided to change job for one reason or the other in order to build an overarching (and probably quite profitable) narrative.

Recently Sony Asia Region Marketing Manager Naito Arata commented on Naughty Dog’s departures, explaining that they aren’t as much of a problem as many may think:

Lately developers leaving Naughty Dog have made the news often. In this the gaming industry and the movie industry in hollywood are the same. People move with every project, and this kind of movement is a daily occurrence.

After shipping a successful project like The Last of Us, developers will be in high demand and will be offered better salary.

I feel that the great thing about Naughty Dog is that they managed to keep their DNA and produce top quality products for 30 years in an industry where the exchange of top talent is this intense. You could say that all the staff shares the same “height of the hurdle”

It’s also because of the organization is structured like a small Japanese factory in the good old days… (or at least I think so, because I never worked in a small Japanese factory in the good old days, lol)

Arata-san knows Naughty Dog quite well, as he worked for years in the production and localization of Sony’s western games in Japan before becoming Marketing Manager, and that includes the Uncharted series and The Last of Us.

If you love Naughty Dog, you definitely shouldn’t worry too much. The sky isn’t falling.

On an unrelated side note, an alleged deleted tweet by Arata-san has been reported by a few websites, saying that he was excited to see The Last Guardian at E3. Today he claimed that the tweet is fake.

Fake tweet alert!!!

We did receive a tip about it ourselves, but the screenshot of the alleged deleted tweet seemed iffy and shown possible signs of counterfeiting (a few dots out of place and some suspicious blurring on the links), which is why we declined to publish it.

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  • Delsin Rowe

    Naughty dog are truly is the best developer i ever meet
    i was never worried. i know what they do.
    i’m just glad that we still have neil and bruce 😉
    thanks for the news..

  • Wargreymon559 .

    Bu but Xbots told me they were leaving cuz Sony havez no money to pay them /S.

    It’s stupid how people jump to conclusions quick.

    • Delsin Rowe

      it’s because they are desperate they never can see a game like the last of us on xbox platforms. a games that crushed skyrim and won more prize than it.

      • justsayin

        ND is very overrated, but I guess when it comes to Sony gamers, people like a good story over good gameplay :/

        • They Call Me Senpai

          Actually, ND is far from overrated and you’ve obviously never played their games if you think they aren’t capable of good gameplay and story.

          • Richard Attila

            I think that you play only PC games that’s why you say that,i play games for more than 30 years on all platform and The Last Of Us is one of the best game i’ve ever played,story,graphics,music,mechanics,etc.Play ND games and than put your comment,but the fanboy always has something to say.

        • Michael Norris

          Overrated? really? ND are tech wizards more so then Crytek or any other developer in the biz well…Sony Santa Monica are on the same level.UC2 the last of us are amazing simply amazing…

        • Thomas Cai Jinzhan

          If there’s a overrated franchise, it’s the Gears of War series…..and i played them all..

          • Nordu

            ND is overrated and so is the GoW series.

          • Hwoarang

            The term overrated is such a stupid concept. Nothing is overrated if people like it.

            Onions are overrated because I don’t like them and millions of other people do. See? it’s stupid.

        • Christopher

          The gameplay is some of the best I’ve ever played.

    • ps4lol

      Sony is teh bankruptz and can’t pay anyone and everyone already quit Naughty Dog and they’re shutting it down next week! Xbox won!!1

  • They Call Me Senpai

    I was told that it was because Sony was going bankrupt. Are you telling me that Mister X was wrong?!

    • Stranger On The Road

      Our high priest is never wrong; he might make mistakes or say things that makes no sense or say things that never come to be or just make things up. But he is never wrong.

      If you are not a believer then you really shouldn’t be attending our church.

      • They Call Me Senpai


        • Stranger On The Road

          If you have a brain then you aren’t welcome in the holy church of Mister X Media. As his holiness once said: those with intelligence will never believe me, and they would anyway buy the PS4, so don’t let them in; their presence might disturb the ‘force.’

          Wiser words have never been spoken before.

          Ok, I’ll stop here for today 🙂

    • ps4lol

      Misterxturd is never wrong, he just bends reality to suit his beliefs.

  • Craig Sloan

    “As a matter of fact it seemed that a few very visible media outlets purposely hunted down every single developer that decided to change job for one reason or the other in order to build an overarching (and probably quite profitable) narrative”

    I wonder who this could be in reference to?

    • ps4lol

      IGN for one

  • Christopher

    Pretty much exactly what anyone that is somewhat logical would assume.

    I work in the entertainment industry. When I finish one project I move onto the next. Doesn’t matter who it’s for. If it pays, I work. I’ve always assumed that it’s the same for the video game industry.

  • Gamingboy 321

    Long Live ND !!!!

  • Matt Dickinson

    I don’t believe that for a second. Do people really feel that Naughty Dog wasn’t different when Andy Gavin and Jason Rubin were there? This idea that the “DNA” is kept while staff changes is absurd. The staff IS the DNA.

    I don’t mean that ND can’t remain a good company of sorts as it goes on, but to suppose that changing staff doesn’t mean changing the kind of games put out, the qualities in them, that’s absurd because that comes from the unique creators who were behind it.

  • Dikan45

    Tell that to the rabid fanboys!!

  • Gamist

    If you’re part of the team that made it to the super bowl or World Series, etc, other teams will want you for the following year.
    If you’re an actor who won lots of awards for a movie, expect future projects from the entertainment industry.
    It’s all relative and the video game industry is no different!

  • Jordan

    The Last Guardian better come. If it doesn’t… i’m writing a letter.

  • Real Rick Grimes

    Was being blown out of proportion for sure, worth being reported on obviously but was shipping TLOU and seeing what an epic game it is of course other developers will poach talent from ND.

  • Jimmy DoneGood

    Naughty dog looks like a sinking ship right now. Wth is going on over there?

    • MTM2

      You’re an idiot.

    • superkarma

      Definitely. They just came out with a new IP that sold over 6 million copies on 1 platform in less than a year. But yeah, I can clearly see how you would think they’re a “sinking ship”.

  • Negi Springfield

    I like Naughty Dog and Their games.

    But man , I wish they`d go back to their roots , Even just for one time , I know they should be doing more games that`s more matured and focused on story , But they should really go back and Make games something like Jak and Daxter.

  • doom guy

    Always good to know 🙂

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