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    Another person leaves a Sony game studio

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    Justin Richmond, who was working on Uncharted PS4 as game director, has left developer Naughty Dog.

    "I have in fact made the decision to leave Naughty Dog," Richmond told IGN. "I love the company and the people and know that they will continue to create awesome games going forward. On a happier note, after careful consideration and exploration I have joined Riot Games. There is some really innovative stuff going on here that I can't wait to be a part of."
    Previously, Richmond oversaw Uncharted 2: Among Thieves' multiplayer and worked as game director on Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. He had been with Naughty Dog since 2008.

    This news comes shortly after creative director Amy Hennig's departure from Naughty Dog earlier this month. Sony specifically noted the duo's involvement when it revealed Uncharted PS4 in 2013.
    Sony Worldwide Studios' has been having a rough month, with numerous layoffs and other departures across the company in March, 2014.
    We've contacted Sony and Naughty Dog for comment.
    WTF is going on???

    How many people have to leave Sony's 1st party studios before we should begin questioning what is going on...

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    This is getting ridiculous...

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    There seems to be something going on now.
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    Some people want to work on new projects. Not constantly working on Uncharted or The Last of Us. That is the problem with working for a 2nd party development team. You work on what you are told to work on.

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    Maybe he was offered more money to work at Riot games, who knows what goes on behind closed doors!
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    Ouch! Something bad seems to be going on over here. People seem to be dropping lie flies over there.

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    Two teams in studios doesn't work. Noses get bent, feet get stood on.

    Either that or they are all DOOOOOOOOOOMED.

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    It looks like devs are just seeking independence. Creating $#@! for someone else to own gets old. Studios like respawn/insomniac are doing it the smart way IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sub-stance1 View Post
    It looks like devs are just seeking independence. Creating $#@! for someone else to own gets old. Studios like respawn/insomniac are doing it the smart way IMO.
    Doing it right? Insomniac hasn't made anything but $#@! games for like 6 years. Respawn just release a half a game for the their first go. Nothing is going on other thank Sony cutting the fat. Hennig didn't like the direction of UC4, ego got in the way and she quit, This guy was offered a $#@! ton of money to go to Riot. Stigs game sucked and was restarted 3 $#@!ing times, how many chances do you get to bring a game to the table? Cost upwards of 75 mil for $#@!. His team was shown the door, he was offered a spot on the other team, ego got in the way and he said $#@!it and left. Personally I think this shows leadership from Kaz and Shuhei. I think they should be praised for making these tough decisions to make the game studios better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sub-stance1 View Post
    It looks like devs are just seeking independence. Creating $#@! for someone else to own gets old. Studios like respawn/insomniac are doing it the smart way IMO.
    So they are in an exclusive deal with MS for their next big titles. I.E. creating $#@! for MS, they are doing the right thing? Ok. Lol

    But this does suck. Not sure what is going on there. Hopefully it's nothing major.




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    Quote Originally Posted by PS4freak View Post
    So they are in an exclusive deal with MS for their next big titles. I.E. creating $#@! for MS, they are doing the right thing? Ok. Lol

    But this does suck. Not sure what is going on there. Hopefully it's nothing major.
    You know what sucks about it? Its not that people are leaving Sony studios. Its that we can't say this same $#@! when people leave MS studios. Because they got no $#@!ing studios for people to leave from

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclops View Post
    Doing it right? Insomniac hasn't made anything but $#@! games for like 6 years. Respawn just release a half a game for the their first go. Nothing is going on other thank Sony cutting the fat. Hennig didn't like the direction of UC4, ego got in the way and she quit, This guy was offered a $#@! ton of money to go to Riot. Stigs game sucked and was restarted 3 $#@!ing times, how many chances do you get to bring a game to the table? Cost upwards of 75 mil for $#@!. His team was shown the door, he was offered a spot on the other team, ego got in the way and he said $#@!it and left. Personally I think this shows leadership from Kaz and Shuhei. I think they should be praised for making these tough decisions to make the game studios better.
    yea, keep thinking that.


    Quote Originally Posted by PS4freak View Post
    So they are in an exclusive deal with MS for their next big titles. I.E. creating $#@! for MS, they are doing the right thing? Ok. Lol

    But this does suck. Not sure what is going on there. Hopefully it's nothing major.
    exactly, they are free to do what they want. They can go and do a deal and not have to worry about whats next because its on them. If they own the IP they can do with it as they please just like publishers do.There is nothing bad about choosing who your publisher is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclops View Post
    Doing it right? Insomniac hasn't made anything but $#@! games for like 6 years. Respawn just release a half a game for the their first go. Nothing is going on other thank Sony cutting the fat. Hennig didn't like the direction of UC4, ego got in the way and she quit, This guy was offered a $#@! ton of money to go to Riot. Stigs game sucked and was restarted 3 $#@!ing times, how many chances do you get to bring a game to the table? Cost upwards of 75 mil for $#@!. His team was shown the door, he was offered a spot on the other team, ego got in the way and he said $#@!it and left. Personally I think this shows leadership from Kaz and Shuhei. I think they should be praised for making these tough decisions to make the game studios better.
    And as for Tretton, there was no way higher in sight.

    People move all the time in the business... Moore, Harrison, Mattrick.. Name 'em! They all leave for reasons whether it's the employer or personal advancement. People just like to speculate on something that has been going on for years. And of course, the bigger speculators and "fans" of SONY's competition have shown their nose in here to cry doom!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sub-stance1 View Post
    yea, keep thinking that.



    exactly, they are free to do what they want. They can go and do a deal and not have to worry about whats next because its on them. If they own the IP they can do with it as they please just like publishers do.There is nothing bad about choosing who your publisher is.
    If you think outside of that deal, yes. But they are locked into MS for their time being. It's not like MS is just going to say go nuts and make whatever you want. It doesn't work that way with investments. But whatever, I've already tracked this topic towards your MS love fest so ul just leave it alone. Continue on with the topic.




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    Please tell us oh Fountain of Knowledge what you think is going on? I put on my hip waders to give me some protection from the bull$#@! you will start to spew shortly. If you think this is anything other than Sony tightening the ship, your delusional. Personally I think some peoples ego's got to big and needed to be knocked down a peg. If you think this will hamper Sony exclusives putting Xbox1 exclusives to shame for the next 5 or 6 years, yea, keep thinking that

    Quote Originally Posted by Sub-stance1 View Post
    yea, keep thinking that.



    exactly, they are free to do what they want. They can go and do a deal and not have to worry about whats next because its on them. If they own the IP they can do with it as they please just like publishers do.There is nothing bad about choosing who your publisher is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PS4freak View Post
    If you think outside of that deal, yes. But they are locked into MS for their time being. It's not like MS is just going to say go nuts and make whatever you want. It doesn't work that way with investments. But whatever, I've already tracked this topic towards your MS love fest so ul just leave it alone. Continue on with the topic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PS4freak View Post
    If you think outside of that deal, yes. But they are locked into MS for their time being. It's not like MS is just going to say go nuts and make whatever you want. It doesn't work that way with investments. But whatever, I've already tracked this topic towards your MS love fest so ul just leave it alone. Continue on with the topic.
    Yep, because they chose to. That's the good thing about being independent. You can choose your business partner and if it works out well, great, if not, you can take you business elsewhere . That's exactly what insomniac did with EA and what they'll do with MS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sub-stance1 View Post
    It looks like devs are just seeking independence. Creating $#@! for someone else to own gets old. Studios like respawn/insomniac are doing it the smart way IMO.


    If these independent seeking devs don't start their own studio then they're going to be creating games for someone else. You're always tripping over your own post. smh

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    Here is the thing though, I don't think, and you can correct me if I am wrong, Insomniac has made a game that sold over a million since resistance 2. If I were to want to discuss a third party developer that was in healthy shape and in charge of their own destiny it wouldn't be Insomniac. I think after Resistance 2 Sony kinda distanced themselves from Insomniac. I really don't think they had much choice but to align themselves with another publisher. EA was probably they only takers. I also think that MS took a flyer on whatever the name of that game is just to kinda stick it to Sony and say we got one of Sony's big gun studios to make games for us. Insomniac hasn't been a Sony big gun for quite a few years.

    The thing about being independent is when when your games go to $#@!, and you don't have no one paying for them your company goes out of business. If Sony hadn't been paying Insomniac for the the resistance games and ratchet and clank, I don't think Insomniac is still in business

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    independence is good and all but you can do much more staying with a much larger infrastructure where your games can take full advantage of the hardware. UC or TLOU wouldn't be half the games they are if they weren't in-house.

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