Who is Neil Druckmann?

Neil Druckmann is a video game designer, writer, and director. He was born on December 5, 1978, in Israel, and grew up in the United States. Druckmann is best known for his work on the critically acclaimed video game series’ The Last of Us and Uncharted.

Druckmann started his career as a programmer in 2004, working for Naughty Dog on Jak 3. He quickly rose through the ranks at Naughty Dog, eventually becoming the creative director of The Last of Us, which was released in 2013. The game was a commercial and critical success, winning multiple awards and receiving universal acclaim for its story, characters, and gameplay.

Neil Druckmann also co-wrote and directed the game’s sequel, The Last of Us Part II, which was released in 2020. The Last of Us’ success would later be adapted for TV, with The Last of Us Season 1 airing in 2023, with a Season 2 being confirmed as being in production.

Neil Druckmann Games

2004Jak 3Gameplay programmer
2005Jak X: Combat RacingGameplay programmer
2007Uncharted: Drake’s FortuneGame designer, co-writer
2009Uncharted 2: Among ThievesCo-lead game designer, co-writer
2009Jak and Daxter: The Lost FrontierOriginal design and story
2013The Last of UsCreative director, writer
2014The Last of Us: Left BehindCreative director, writer
2016Uncharted 4: A Thief’s EndCreative director, writer
2017What Remains of Edith FinchPlaytester
2017Uncharted: The Lost LegacyHead of narrative development
2020The Last of Us Part IICreative director, lead co-writer
2022Return to Monkey IslandCameo voice role
TBAThe Last of Us MultiplayerVice president, co-president

As well as Druckmann’s credits in video games, he has also seen success in television, recently working as an executive of the Uncharted movie and The Last of Us HBO series.