Taylor Kurosaki, who worked as studio narrative director at Infinity Ward for seven years, announced in May that he would be leaving the Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare developer studio to pursue a “rare and exciting” opportunity.
— Taylor Kurosaki (@taylorkurosaki) May 27, 2021
Kurosaki previously worked at Naughty Dog during the development of the Uncharted and Jak And Daxter series of games. He then moved to Infinity Ward to work on Call Of Duty, where he remained for seven years. Today (June 7) he tweeted a photo that may reveal what this “rare and exciting” opportunity entails.
Same thing, different decade. pic.twitter.com/PM8E1z4gtq
— Taylor Kurosaki (@taylorkurosaki) June 7, 2021
In the tweet, captioned “Same thing, different decade”, a photo from the development of Uncharted 3 is shown, hinting that Kurosaki has returned to his original studio. Kurosaki was at Naughty Dog from 1996, and was instrumental in the creation of many of their most popular games.
The original tweet announcing Kurosaki’s departure from Infinity Ward was a joint statement between him and Jacob Minkoff, meaning it is likely that his colleague is also joining him at Naughty Dog. Some thought the joint tweet meant the pair would be starting their own company, but it seems a return to their origins was the opportunity in question.
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