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Microsoft hires The Last of Us Part 2 technical director for The Initiative


Microsoft has hired another Naughty Dog designer for The Initiative.

Microsoft has actually employed another Naughty Dog developer for The Initiative.

The gaming giant has actually hired a new member to the group for its Xbox studio with Lauren Garcia – who worked as character shading technical director on ‘The Last of Us: Part II’ – joining as senior shader innovations developer.

She wrote on Twitter: “So happy to announce that this week I joined at The Initiative. This is an incredible team working on something truly special.

“It was so hard to left behind my friends at NaughtyDog. But I need to say thank you to @Xbox @XboxP3 to allow me be part of Xbox family! <3 (sic)”

The Initiative became part of the Microsoft family, with an announcement at E3 2018 as part of the company’s verification of brand-new studios and acquisitions.

Garcia follows fellow Naughty Dog alumnus Jordan Denton and Robert Ryan – ‘The Last of Us: Part II’ sound designer and designer respectively – on the team for the Xbox studio’s  first video game.

The title is currently unannounced, but Microsoft’s video gaming chief Phil Spencer hinted it could be a reboot.

Back in January, he teased: “Great update today with @DGallagher_LA @mattbooty and the team @TheInitiative.

“Incredibly talented studio challenging themselves to do new things things (and old things 🙂 ) in new ways. (sic)”

Kevin Brinkley
Kevin is a content writer at Drew Reports News. prior to joining Drew Reports News, Kevin had a hand in a number of online and print publications, including InternetNews.com as a chief copy editor and Government Technology Magazine as managing editor. He also did a stint in Sydney as group editor of RBI Australia's manufacturing group, which is when he also developed an affinity (a love, really) for cricket.
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