Naughty Dog co-president Evan Wells retiring after 25 years

Naughty Dog co-president Evan Wells retiring after 25 years

Naughty Dog Co-President Retires After 25 Years in Heartfelt Farewell

Evan Wells

After an incredible 25-year journey with Naughty Dog, co-president Evan Wells has decided to retire from the studio. And boy, oh boy, it’s a bittersweet moment filled with a whirlwind of emotions and conflicting feelings. But fear not, my fellow gamers, as Wells assures us that he’s leaving the studio in the best hands possible.

“Naughty Dog has been my home for over half my life,” Wells shared, reminiscing about his amazing journey with the studio. From the days of Crash Bandicoot to the epicness of The Last of Us, he’s had his hands in some truly iconic projects.

“Every major life milestone I can track with a Naughty Dog project,” Wells continued with a wistful smile. “I met my wife during Crash Team Racing, took our honeymoon after shipping Jak 2, had our first child during the announcement of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, and our second child was born right in the thick of The Last of Us development.” Talk about having a personal connection with your work, huh?

But stepping away is never an easy decision, especially when you can’t witness the studio’s current projects come to fruition. Wells acknowledges this, admitting that it will be hard. However, he’s incredibly confident that Naughty Dog will continue to reach new heights and push the industry forward.

The torch is now being passed to Neil Druckmann, Naughty Dog’s co-president, and the rest of the capable and dynamic Studio Leadership Team. Wells believes they’re the perfect fit to lead the studio into the future. And you know what? I believe it too! These folks are a talented bunch who know how to create games that leave us breathless.

In response to Wells’ retirement, Druckmann expressed his sadness but also highlighted the legacy that Wells leaves behind. After all, Evan Wells’ name will forever be etched in the hallowed halls of Naughty Dog.

Last of Us Part 2

Now, let’s talk about Naughty Dog’s current projects. We all know about the highly anticipated standalone Last of Us multiplayer game. Naughty Dog has been working on it, promising to deliver an experience that will blow our minds. However, due to some concerns raised by Destiny maker Bungie, development has been “slowed down” to ensure the multiplayer keeps players engaged for the long haul. Hey, sometimes, we need a little extra time to perfect an already amazing game, right?

But that’s not all! Some curious fans have discovered mysterious, fantasy-inspired artwork on the walls of Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part 1. Could this be a hint at what the future holds for the studio? We can only speculate and dream of the incredible experiences Naughty Dog will bring us next.

And wait, there’s more! Rumors of The Last of Us Part 3 have been swirling around town, suggesting that “major filming” for the next installment could start as early as this year. Oh, the anticipation! Naughty Dog has remained tight-lipped about it, but hey, we can dream, can’t we?

So, let’s raise our controllers to Evan Wells, Naughty Dog’s co-president extraordinaire, and his remarkable journey with the studio. We bid him farewell with gratitude and excitement for what’s to come. Naughty Dog, keep doing what you do best – creating unforgettable gaming experiences that make us laugh, cry, and everything in between. The future looks bright, my friends. Game on!