Naughty Dog says Uncharted writer Amy Hennig wasn’t forced out

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We recently reported that the game director and lead writer for Uncharted, Amy Hennig, recently left Naughty Dog. Websites have also reported that she was forced out of the company due to creative differences with Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley, the creative team who worked on The Last of Us. On the official Naughty Dog site, Co-Presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra released a statement saying that Hennig wasn’t forced out. They were disappointed with how the media handled the situation, saying that it was “unprofessionally misreported.”

“Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann were not involved in what transpired,” the statement said. “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 rumours 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.”

The rumor started with IGN reporting that several “trusted sources” knew about Amy Hennig leaving, and that she was forced out. Sony later confirmed the departure, which later lead to people believing that she was being “forced out.”

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