Naughty Dog Denies Amy Hennig Was “Forced Out”

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Earlier this week, we were caught off guard when IGN reported Amy Hennig’s sudden departure from Naughty Dog. Any of you who have been following the game company’s exploits over the past several years know who Hennig is. For those of you not familiar, she is the creative director and writer behind the Uncharted series.

The original report stated that she was “forced out” by The Last of Us creatives, Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley, who would seem to be taking over the next Uncharted game for the PS4.

Yesterday, execs at Naughty Dog released a statement countering the subsequent wording used by a number of outlets, saying that the phrase “forced out” has been misreported.

Statement from Co-Presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra:

Earlier this week we had to confirm the regrettable news that Amy Hennig has left Naughty Dog. She will be missed and, as we stated before, we appreciate the significant contributions that she has made to Naughty Dog and the industry in general. We wish her the best.

However, we feel it necessary to clear up a very important point that was unprofessionally misreported when the story broke. Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann were NOT involved in what transpired. It was very upsetting to us that dozens of stories were run, linking back to the same hurtful accusations in the original report. As co-presidents of Naughty Dog, we are responsible for all studio affairs.

Normally, we wouldn’t respond to rumors and speculation on matters that are internal to Naughty Dog, but because the personal reputation of two of our employees is being damaged we needed to set the record straight. There is nothing left to be said on this subject. Now we’re going back to what we should be focused on – making games.

So then, what did happen? Inquiring minds want to know! Actually, we only care about what will happen to Hennig now that she’s no long a part of Uncharted 4. It’s always a bummer to hear something like this no matter what really happened, but we wish her well and look forward to any endeavors she may achieve in the future.

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