PS4 ICE Team Programmer Cort Stratton Leaves Naughty Dog

Graphics programmer leaving team after 11 years.

Posted By | On 07th, Apr. 2016 Under News


Naughty Dog’s ICE Team, which has developed graphic library updates for Sony’s PlayStation 3 and 4 (along with solutions for other SCE developers), will unfortunately see a departure soon. Graphics programmer Cort Stratton revealed on Twitter that he will be leaving the company after 11 years.

“Nobody will believe me if I post this tomorrow, so I’ll do it now instead: after 11 years, tomorrow will be my last day at Naughty Dog.” Stratton also played a role in bringing The Last of Us from PlayStation 3 to PlayStation 4 in remastered form. And considering how good the third person title looked on previous gen, that’s no small feat.

According to Stratton, “The decision was extremely difficult; I’ve spent ~85% of my career here. It’s been a huge honor to contribute to the PlayStation platform.” Stratton is leaving on good terms though. “Everybody I’ve worked with has been awesome/brilliant, and I’ll miss them terribly! Thank goodness for Twitter, Slack, and GDC parties.”

Don’t count on any leaks and such now that he’s no longer part of the Sony family. “Finally, if you only follow me in hope of hot Uncharted news or Sony leaks, now would be a great time to jump ship. No hard feelings.”

What are your thoughts on Stratton leaving the ICE Team? Let us know in the comments.

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  • DarthDiggler

    I wonder what he is up to now. The ICE team was instrumental in saving the PlayStation 3. Prior to their efforts the brass at Sony had put the PS3 on life support. Team ICE delivered tools to developers to really tap into the power of the PS3 and make it a platform that was attractive to develop on instead of being the unruly beast it was at launch. The PS4 no doubt would not be where it is today without these guys. I am sure Cort will be missed.

    • Truth™ PSVR 960×1080®

      Nothing saved the PS3. It was a nogames console till the end and the PS4 is low powered trash that Sony is already discarding as it has no games and sub 30FPS frames.

      ICE team being disbanded and evolution being shut down means Sony’s leaving the industry 🙂

  • andy

    Going out on top, which coincidentally could have been any time at Naughty Dog the last 20 years. 🙂

    Feel free to mention the 5 people who joined the team the last fortnight.

  • Sweetbrandigirl2004

    I’m one of those people that always needs the who, what, WHY and where so I’d like to known WHY he’s leaving. I’m sad to see him go because his amazing abilities will definitely be needing on TLOU II.


    Wish him luck & successful career

  • Michael

    Moving on to bigger and better things, that’s all.


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