Jacob Minkoff and Taylor Kurosaki have left Naughty Dog and jumped ship to Infinity Ward, as both men have announced via their respective Twitter accounts.

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Minkoff is best known for being the lead designer on Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception and The Last of Us, as well for designing “Train”, one of the best levels in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. He has joined Infinity Ward as design director, supposedly for a new Call of Duty: Ghosts project, due sometime in 2016.

Kurosaki, a narrative design lead in Naughty Dog, has left for a similar position in Infinity Ward – once again, to work on the same Call of Duty project together with Minkoff.

This announcement comes after several other big names left Naughty Dog – Amy Hennig (Uncharted series director) has left in March ’13 in favor of Visceral Games to work on a Star Wars project, and Justin Richmond (Uncharted PS4 game director) leaving on the same month to join League of Legends’ studio Riot Games.


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