Amy Hennig, the creative director of the Uncharted series, left Naughty Dog earlier this week following 10 years of working with the company. This didn't appear to be a standard job departure - according to IGN, Hennig was forced out by The Last of Us’ Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley, who were making a power play for control of the Uncharted franchise.
Naughty Dog's co-presidents, Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra, have now made an official statement declaring that these accusations are false.
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.
Sony gave their own statement to IGN, thanking Hennig for her contributions and saying that the development timeline for Uncharted 4 would not be affected by her departure.