Shaun Escayg (Creative Director of Marvel’s Avengers) Has Left Crystal Dynamics And Returned To Naughty Dog

1 : Anonymous2021/04/19 17:34 ID: mu5vyi
Shaun Escayg (Creative Director of Marvel's Avengers) Has Left Crystal Dynamics And Returned To Naughty Dog
2 : Anonymous2021/04/19 18:13 ID: gv3y6i2

Given Shaun expertise, I think that this can very well mean that a new Uncharted game by Naughty Dog might be coming in the future.

ID: gv4a1wi

God I hope so. Love that series too much!

ID: gv5hawc

I wouldn't be holding my breath for a new Uncharted from ND. Evan Wells was on Ted Price's podcast recently and Ted asked him how ND decides whether to make a sequel or make a new IP. Evan said that it really just comes down to what makes the team enthusiastic. So, an example he gave is that despite all the success that ND's had with Uncharted, he doesn't think that they'd really be that into it if they were working on Uncharted 6 or 7 right now. If ND were working on another Uncharted then it'd be the sixth one that they've made (obviously including TLL).

As far as things that we don't know about, i'd expect a new IP to be the next big thing we see from them. It seems like a good time now since it'll likely be a decade since their last new IP.

3 : Anonymous2021/04/19 17:44 ID: gv3tzh9

I can't fucking wait to see what Naughty Dog pulls off with the PS5!

ID: gv3wm61

Some absolutely phenomenal graphical spectacles for sure!

ID: gv3x7iu

I’m more excited for what they’ll do with A.I. And animations, the systems they built for TLOU2 powered by a real CPU this time will blow some minds.

ID: gv3yiph

Given the recent reports we'd be waiting for at least 3-4years from now till we see another ND magnum opus. Right now we're on the brink to experience TLOU universe at its peak: TLOU Remake, TLOU2 Remaster and Faction.

ID: gv44osb

That’s okay I can wait for perfection

ID: gv4mb7f

Seems right, their first ps4 game (if you don't count tlou remastered) was uncharted 4 and it came out 3.5 years after the ps4 was released

ID: gv4at45

I mean if you're looking for graphical fidelity and craftsmanship in a AAA game, it's them and Rockstar. I fully expect the next best looking game in the industry to be the next Naughty Dog title.

ID: gv5742a

The Last of Us! For the third time! With “improvements!” Please buy this again - we’re out of ideas!

ID: gv596wq

Ehhhhh it is a bit sus but at the same time all of their other shit is in pre-production... from a business standpoint it makes a lot of sense to have a huge marketing push for the TLOU universe when the show comes out.

Even if the business decision behind it sucks, I’m sure ND is gonna treat the remake with the same love and care they’re known for

4 : Anonymous2021/04/19 17:40 ID: gv3tffb

He also was creative director for Uncharted Lost Legacy. And lead story guy on Avengers. (The story was actually decent and the best part of the game)

I would not be shocked if he is part of a team making the next uncharted while TLOU2 team is working on something new

ID: gv3twfs

He was one of the two Directors of Lost Legacy actually! The other being Kurt Margenau 🙂

ID: gv3u25v

Shaun was creative director, Kurt was gameplay director.

ID: gv45tzr

Not sure if ND will be doing another Uncharted. It’s been long rumored that another Sony studio would be doing that. Things could have changed so I guess only time will tell

ID: gv4cdzg

The rumor last week was Bend was working on Uncharted but the studio wasnt happy about it so they got put on a new IP instead.

Uncharted is too successful to let sleep so I would not be shocked if it moved back unto the naughty dog roof

ID: gv56h73

Is he responsible for Tony Stark's password being "I am Iron Man"?

5 : Anonymous2021/04/19 19:53 ID: gv4c4j2

Druckmann to Shaun: You could not live with your own failure. So where did that bring you

Back to me.

ID: gv4kzqk

That was exactly the first thing that came to me as well!

ID: gv4tb6b

Surprised there are other Avenger's fans here!

6 : Anonymous2021/04/19 17:37 ID: gv3t2m5


7 : Anonymous2021/04/19 17:39 ID: gv3ta64


8 : Anonymous2021/04/19 18:10 ID: gv3xsjv

Nice, it would be wonderful if ND choses to make more games in the lines of Lost Legacy (smaller in scope)

9 : Anonymous2021/04/19 18:31 ID: gv40tcx


10 : Anonymous2021/04/19 17:40 ID: gv3tge8

Holy fuck. never knew he was behind lost legacy (best uncharted game IMO).

ID: gv4yw59

After getting the other games for free, I really need to buy LL. Maybe after I finish Control.

ID: gv50j1l

I played it on PS now. Man what time that was. God of War, Horizon, lost legacy and bloodborne within three Months.

ID: gv3wpkc

You couldn't be more incorrect it's obviously in this order: U4 U1 U3 U2 ULL

Edit: a word

ID: gv3yrdm

What a fascinating ranking. I respect your opinion, but having the first game ranked so high and Uncharted 2 and Lost Legacy so low blows my mind lol

ID: gv4cebt

OP did say it's his opinion.

ID: gv3zwto

What didn’t you like about U2? I always hear people on Reddit saying it’s the best

I replayed it again for the first time in like a decade and thought it dragged in some parts.

I still love all of the games, my ranking would be





Never played lost legacy so idk about that

ID: gv3z8ri

I’m not seeing Uncharted: Golden Abyss on your list there…

My favorite Vita game by a country mile. Hard to believe it was a Vita launch title.

ID: gv3x3uq

ULL U4 U2 U3 U1 but the top three are very close.

ID: gv43yyp

Damn. For me it's U2, U3, U4, U1, ULL. Wasn't a fan of lost legacy like everyone else seemed to be.

11 : Anonymous2021/04/19 17:51 ID: gv3uz3f

Wonder what's happening BTS with Crystal Dynamics...

ID: gv3y33i

Considering he left Crystal Dynamics & immediately got his job (back) at Naughty Dog, I have to assume it has more to do with what Sony is offering rather than what fallout there might be due to the Avengers game.

Sony obviously has an interest in continuing the Uncharted series but the core creative team at ND is tied up working on a new IP so this might be ND hiring him on to be creative director on a new Uncharted game with a new team.

ID: gv3wv6c

Why does people moving around mean there's something going on behind the scenes?

People move around jobs all the time in this industry

ID: gv3vxcr

You ever see a house fire?

12 : Anonymous2021/04/19 20:38 ID: gv4ibzp

He left ND for those guys? Bad choice!

13 : Anonymous2021/04/19 22:41 ID: gv4yl6l

Lost Legacy was so good

14 : Anonymous2021/04/19 20:28 ID: gv4gvrq

Just played Avengers for the first time today and honestly I wouldn’t want anyone involved in that game back in Naughty Dog.

“What should the first mission of our avengers game be??”

“Well fans will be excited to go right in and play as their favorite heroes so how about we have a long cringey intro of a little girl gushing about finding comics! Then we’ll meet some of the avengers and we’ll give them some trash dialogue!! Then when they finally get into the action it’ll be for a tutorial that over explains the game!!!”

ID: gv4vkro

Its such a trash game, the protagonist is a hero that nobody asked for and after the film trilogy the game was such a letdown. No epic boss fights or enemies instead fighting the same crappy robots over an over again.

ID: gv4z5sl

I love Kamala Khan. I don’t think she was handled that well. In their defense, from a storytelling standpoint, it is good to have a character people can relate to. An Everyman that introduces you to or discovers the more fantastic elements of the story. That said, Avengers was just a terrible game.

ID: gv56irv

Avengers wasn't great but this guy was the story lead which wasn't great either, but I think that comes down to the studio and license.

This is the same guy that did Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.

15 : Anonymous2021/04/19 18:31 ID: gv40s7m

dude fucks up the Avengers game and is welcomed back to Naughty Dog, weird stuff.

That being said anything related to Naughty Dog and PS5 has me wet so i'm in regardless.

ID: gv41n09

dude fucks up the Avengers game and is welcomed back to Naughty Dog, weird stuff.

tbf he did the single player campaign and hasn't really worked on any of the post launch stuff.

This is most likely a similar situation to Days Gone, where the director left shortly after Days Gone released but didn't announce it until 4 or 5 months later iirc

ID: gv42j24

Games aren’t made by one person, if Neil Druckman joined 343i it doesn’t mean their next game will be a GOTY. The studio culture matters more than anything else.

Cory Barlog was at CD for a while but the team wasn’t ambitious enough for his taste so he came back to SSM.

ID: gv4cysa

Cory did play a critical part in the reboot of Tomb raider though. I feel like that game was pretty ambitious and Rise was great as well but Cory probably looks for God of War levels of ambition. He did say that CD did an amazing job on Rise of the tomb raider without him though.

ID: gv4cqop

He was the creative director on Avengers (aka the story) which was one of the few praised aspects of the game so I don't think he was the problem.

17 : Anonymous2021/04/19 20:10 ID: gv4eecd

Oh no! Avengers no longer has a...

Wait, it had a creative director?

Avengers does have it's fun points, but it doesn't strike me as very original or creative work. This doesn't feel like a big loss. Like if your spare tire goes flat. You weren't really using it in the first place.

18 : Anonymous2021/04/20 00:03 ID: gv58eel

Being a creative director doesn't necessarily mean being wildly creative. It's just about pulling everything together in a holistic way.

19 : Anonymous2021/04/19 19:54 ID: gv4c9an


20 : Anonymous2021/04/19 20:09 ID: gv4eah3

Lmao we can’t put the blame on one person. Consider the fact that he used to work at Naughty Dog, so he clearly has had success before

21 : Anonymous2021/04/19 20:16 ID: gv4f7vn

haha yeah I knew in my heart that my comment was unfair.


22 : Anonymous2021/04/19 23:22 ID: gv53jik

I'm really hoping to see a new IP from Naughty Dog. I love Uncharted and TLOU, but I want something new for their next game. IIRC, they were at one point thinking about doing some kind of Sci Fi game.

23 : Anonymous2021/04/20 00:21 ID: gv5akmz

Lol, Avengers.

24 : Anonymous2021/04/20 00:47 ID: gv5dlin

News cycle was so fucked today I just now noticed this....

25 : Anonymous2021/04/20 00:53 ID: gv5ebkh

That was a good move imo

26 : Anonymous2021/04/20 00:55 ID: gv5einb

Good move. I got Avengers free with my CPU last year and still haven't played it.

27 : Anonymous2021/04/19 18:24 ID: gv3zrjc

Wonder why...

28 : Anonymous2021/04/19 23:50 ID: gv56u8r

Cause he did Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

29 : Anonymous2021/04/19 17:52 ID: gv3v5lq


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