Christian Gyrling from Naughty Dog

Naughty Canine Head of Expertise Leaves After 17 Years at PlayStation’s Studio

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In the present day The Final of Us and Uncharted developer Naughty Canine introduced that its head of know-how, Christian Gyrling, has left after 17 years on the studio.

Gyrling has labored on the Santa Monica-based, PlayStation-owned studio since 2006 when he debuted as a gameplay programmer specializing in NPC animation (in accordance with his Linkedin profile).

He was then promoted to guide programmer in 2010, programming director in 2017, and vice chairman in 2020. 

Christian Gyrling from Naughty Dog
Christian Gyrling when he was Lead Programmer at Naughty Canine, circa 2015, from a video published by the studio.

Solely 4 months in the past, in July 2023, Gyrling was named Head of Expertise inside the studio’s new management crew. 

The announcement from Naughty Canine, printed on X (previously Twitter) expresses gratitude for Gyrling’s work however does not clarify his departure or what he’ll be doing subsequent. 

We additionally be taught that he’ll be succeeded within the function by 19-year veteran Travis McIntosh, who was beforehand programming director. 

Our head of know-how Christian Gyrling has determined to go away Naughty Canine after a tremendous 17-year profession at our studio. We’re grateful for his many contributions to the studio, our video games, and his teammates.

We are going to miss Christian drastically and need him the very best of luck on the place his path leads subsequent. Travis McIntosh, a 19-year veteran at Naughty Canine, will succeed Christian as head of know-how. 

In the meanwhile of this writing, Gyrling has not publicly commented on his departure or on his future plans. 

Only in the near past, we heard that Naughty Canine remains to be engaged on its The Final of Us multiplayer recreation, contradicting rumors alleging that it had been canceled following a delay introduced earlier this yr and the reveal {that a} new single-player expertise can also be within the works.

We have additionally heard studies of layoffs on the firm, a part of a wider initiative to “enhance effectivity and competitivity” at Sony Interactive Leisure, partly confirmed yesterday by Sony’s COO and CFO Hiroki Totoki, who will quickly tackle the function of interim CEO of PlayStation following the introduced departure of Jim Ryan.