Along with with the story last week that Uncharted director Amy Hennig was moving on from Naughty Dog, murmurs grew from a statement in IGN‘s original article that said sources told them she was forced out by The Last of Us‘ directors Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann.
Naughty Dog has issued a statement on the matter, stating that the information was false and that neither Straley or Druckmann had anything to do with Hennig’s departure.
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.
Regardless, Hennig has now moved on from the Uncharted series, and it is under new direction. Anybody think we’ll be seeing a new tone to Uncharted, or does Naughty Dog not want to rock the boat of a winning formula that much?