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Neil Druckmann

American video game designer

1978   -  

country of citizenship: Israel
educated at: Florida State University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Florida
occupation: creative director, writer, computer scientist, screenwriter

Neil Druckmann (born December 5, 1978) is an Israeli-American writer, creative director, and programmer, and Vice President of Naughty Dog, known for his work in the video games The Last of Us and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. He was born and raised until the age of 10 in Israel, where his experiences with entertainment would later influence his storytelling techniques. He studied computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, before searching for work in the video game industry. Druckmann's first video game work was as an intern at Naughty Dog. In 2004, he became a programmer on Jak 3 and Jak X: Combat Racing, before becoming game designer for Uncharted: Drake's Fortune and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. He was later chosen to lead development on The Last of Us as creative director, a role he continued during the development of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. In addition, Druckmann has also written comic books. He worked on the motion comic Uncharted: Eye of Indra, prior to the creation of his own graphic novel A Second Chance at Sarah. He later co-wrote The Last of Us: American Dreams with artist Faith Erin Hicks, and is currently working on a sequel to The Last of Us, subtitled Part II. Druckmann has received high praise for his work on The Last of Us, receiving several awards and nominations for his contributions, including two BAFTA Awards, two DICE Awards, and three Writers Guild of America Awards. His work on Uncharted 4 was also praised and awarded.
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