The network noticed that Anders Howard, the chief monetization designer, left Naughty Dog. He was engaged in a multiplayer game in the world of The Last of Us.
Howard has not publicly announced his departure, but his LinkedIn profile indicates that he left Naughty Dog in September 2023.
Howard worked at Naughty Dog for a little less than a year: he joined the studio in November 2022. Prior to that, he was a senior system designer at Ubisoft and Epic Games. In the latter, the developer worked for seven years and during his work helped "form the core of the strategy for the development of combat passes" Fortnite.
At the beginning of the week, Kotaku sources said that Naughty Dog had serious problems with the multiplayer The Last of Us. The studio did not cancel the game, but actually froze it. Kotaku also reported that Naughty Dog has fired at least 25 freelance employees.