Naughty Dog Issues Statement on Amy Hennig's Departure

In response to reports of Uncharted writer and creative director Amy Hennig's departure from Naughty Dog, studio co-presidents issue a statement. 

IGN reported on Tuesday that Amy Hennig, creative director and writer of the Uncharted series, left Naughty Dog on March 3. Sony later confirmed the news in a comment to IGN.

“We can confirm that Amy Hennig has left Naughty Dog,” Sony told IGN. “Amy has made significant contributions to the game industry and we appreciate all she has done for Naughty Dog. The development timeline of Uncharted will not be impacted.”

The initial report pointed the finger at Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley and stated that sources claimed Hennig was “forced out” by the Last of Us developers.

Today, Naughty Dog released a statement answering the rumors. Here’s the full text:

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.

Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra

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