Naughty Dog: Straley, Druckmann Not Involved in Hennig’s Departure
Uncharted writer Amy Hennig was not “forced out,” Naughty Dog says in a statement that calls reports of her departure unprofessional and upsetting.
On Tuesday, news broke that Hennig, the award-winning lead writer and director on Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, had parted ways with Naughty Dog. Parent company Sony confirmed the news, but would only say that Hennig “left” without providing a reason for her departure.
Citing “numerous trusted sources close to Naughty Dog,” IGN reported that Hennig was “forced out” by The Last of Us Creative Director Neil Druckmann and Game Director Bruce Straley. It’s that report that Naughty Dog has taken issue with.
Naughty Dog Co-Presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra posted this statement in response:
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.
Hennig herself has not commented on the circumstances of her departure.
Not to further fan the flames of speculation, but it’s worth nothing that Hennig retweeted an unrelated Tweet by Mitch Dyer yesterday, the IGN writer who reported she was “forced out” by Druckmann and Straley.