Naughty Dog veteran Bruce Straley departed the company almost five years ago, having burned out on AAA development following the release of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. The co-director is perhaps best known for his collaboration with Neil Druckmann on The Last of Us, which went on to become one of Sony’s best ever games. It’s getting remade for the PS5 later this year.
Straley, having taken some time out, is now back with a new company: Wildflower Interactive. As part of an introduction video, he explained that the developer has an “exciting partner that supports what we’re doing and is going to help us reach the broadest audience possible”. As it recruits more employees, it’s also hoping to establish a new workplace culture.
The website explains: “We’re building a small, open-hearted team of creators that want to improve their skills and still lead a good life outside of work. People that want to hone their craft, have a say in the process, feel respected for their contributions, and be a part of the evolution of this awesome medium.”
Straley stopped short of sharing specific details about any particular game, but did mention that what it’s working on is unlike anything you’ve ever played before. The studio mentions multiple projects, however, so it’ll be interesting to see what comes of all this. In the meantime, you can check out the team’s pretty neat website through here.