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Assassin's Creed 3 animation director Jonathan Cooper heads to Naughty Dog

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Animator Jonathan Cooper, best known for his work as animation director on Assassin's Creed 3 and lead animator on both Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2, has begun working for developer Naughty Dog, according to an update to his LinkedIn profile caught by Game Informer.

Cooper's profile on the jobs website also notes an unannounced Ubisoft project that the animator worked on before leaving the studio. Cooper was said to be working on "prototyping a revolutionary new kind of navigation system for next-gen systems."

His hiring at Naughty Dog follows a number of resignations at the company, including Uncharted 4 game director Justin Richmond and series creative director Amy Hennig, both of whom recently left the company. Richmond has since gone on to join League of Legends studio Riot Games, while Hennig has moved on to Visceral Games to aid in the development of its upcoming Star Wars game.