Effective April 3rd, Naughty Dog Co-President, Christophe Balestra, will no longer be a part of the studio that brought the world the likes of Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter. Announced on via a blog post on the Naughty Dog website, Balestra explained that it was time for him to make changes in his life.
Balestra worked for Naughty Dog for fifteen years and spent twelve of them as Co-President with Evan Wells. It was because of them the studio was able to stay afloat and navigate through the turbulent waters of mastering the complexities of the new generation consoles.
Under their leadership, the studio was able to produce monumentally successful titles such as the entire Uncharted series and The Last of Us. It appears that his departure from the company is a purely personal one, citing that he wants to spend more time with family and pursue personal projects that involve more programming. In his blog post, he goes on to praise the entire team and feels extremely confident that the ship will stay afloat with only Evan Wells at the helm.
Naturally, we all wish Christophe the best in all of his future endeavors and hope for nothing but more success. The same goes for Naughty Dog as they prepare for the release of The Last Of Us 2, which will likely be their first big release after Balestra’s departure.