The Last of Us Co-Director Doesn’t Receive Credit on HBO Show, Calls for Unionisation


The Last of Us was developed by Naughty Dog and released for the PlayStation 3 in 2013. Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann served as co-directors for the development of the game, leading the team in its creation.

Straley, however, left Naughty Dog shortly after Unchartered 4: A Thief’s End, which released in 2016. He was also responsible for the direction of the game.

It turns out that Straley has not received credit for his contributions to the game on HBO’s TV show adaptation of The Last of Us. Straley has contributed things such as the game’s violent and dark tone.

Straley recently talked about the matter and said that this lack of giving credit for something, so vital to the series, has made him think of unionisation in the video games industry.

In a recent interview with The LA Times, he said, “It’s an argument for unionization that someone who was part of the co-creation of that world and those characters isn’t getting a credit or a nickel for the work they put into it.” He added, stating that “Maybe we need unions in the video game industry to be able to protect creators.”

Druckmann is not only credited on HBO’s TV show adaptation of The Last of Us, but he is also the co-creator of the show along with Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin.

Straley started working for Naughty Dog in 1999 as a texture artist on Crash Team Racing and left the company in September 2017.



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