Josh Scherr, a bit of a Naughty Dog legend, has left the developer after a 21 year run which saw him ship games like Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and The Last of Us 2. In total, the veteran contributed to a total of ten games, including Jak & Daxter: The Precursor Legacy and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. Scherr started out as a cinematics animator, before moving into a writing and narrative designer role.
“When I was a kid, making video games was my hobby,” he said on Twitter. “[I] never dreamed I’d get to make them for a living, let alone at a studio like Naughty Dog. “I'll miss the Dogs a ton, but at some point, I'll get to play a Naughty Dog game knowing very little in advance. And they are cooking up some incredible stuff.”
Scherr is keeping his next destination secret for the time being, but did hint that “you’re not ready” for what Naughty Dog has in store next, a play on an old PS1 marketing slogan. It’ll be interesting to see where Josh ends up, but even if he never made another game, what a resume he already has. An incredible 21 years!