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Former Naughty Dog and Visceral employees join Crystal Dynamic’s Avengers project

Marvel/Squeenix Avengers project

The Crystal Dynamics team working on Square Enix’s Avengers project have been busy putting quite the team together. According to a press release, fifteen world-renowned industry talents joined the development team in January alone.

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One new member of the team includes former Naughty Dog creative director Shaun Escayg, who worked on Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, as well as being the director of photography and animation supervisor on The Last of Us. He’ll work as the project’s creative director, and will be joined by new director of production Stephen Barry. Barry was formerly director of product development at Visceral Games, and worked on several games, including the Dead Space franchise, but teased his new position earlier this month.

The pair were joined by 13 other new hires in January. Co-head of Crystal Dynamics Scot Amos says “we recently hired fifteen world-renowned industry veterans, spanning production leadership, animation, design, art and engineering.” As well as Naughty Dog and Visceral, some of the new staff came from Middle-earth: Shadow of War developers Monolith, and Call of Duty: WWII team Sledgehammer Games.

Amos says that the veterans’ “AAA experience adds to an already deep roster, making us well-position to deliver on the ambitious goals we’ve set for ourselves with the Avengers project.”