According to his LinkedIn profile, Michael Knowland, lead character artist for Naughty Dog’s wildly successful The Last of Us, has left the company as of April this year. He has been a character artist for Naughty Dog since January 2011 and became a lead character designer for The Last of Us in October of the same year. Naughty Dog seems to be having it rough with important players leaving their company as of late. They also recently lost their lead artist Nate Wells, writer and director Amy Hennig, game director Justin Richmond, and most recently, Todd Stashwick being recasted for the next Uncharted game.
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