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article imageTwo major Naughty Dog talents join Infinity Ward

By Stan Rezaee     Aug 2, 2014 in Entertainment
Two top designers from Naughty Dog, creators of 'The Last of Us,' have left to join Infinity Ward, creators of the 'Call of Duty' series.
Jacob Minkoff, lead game designer, and Taylor Kurosaki, narrative design lead, both announced on Twitter that they have left Naughty Dog for Infinity Ward. Both of them will still work together while continue doing the same tasks over at Infinity Ward.
Both of them had worked on the Uncharted series while Minkoff had also worked on The Last of Us. While not confirmed but it has been speculated that they will be working on the next Call of Duty game.
Minkoff has stated on Twitter, "New job! Design Director at Infinity Ward. Love ND; can’t wait to play Uncharted 4 as a fan. Excited to work with the talented team at IW!
Kurosaki also stated on Twitter, "Very psyched to share that I've joined the phenomenal team at @InfinityWard as the studio's narrative director. To infinity and beyond!"
With the departure of Minkoff and Kurosaki, Naughty Dog has had several major figures leave the studio in 2014. Amy Hennig left the studio in early March while Justin Richmond followed a few weeks later. Than in late April it was learned that Michael Knowland had also left the studio.
Despite the exodus of several key talents, its unlikely that it will affect the development of Uncharted 4.
The hiring of Minkoff and Kurosaki comes a few weeks after Neversoft merged with Infinity Ward to establish one studio. Its expected that they will be focused on developing the studios next Call of Duty game.
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