Report: Uncharted Writer Amy Hennig ‘Forced Out’ at Naughty Dog
Uncharted Creative Director and Writer Amy Hennig has left Naughty Dog.
According to a report at IGN, Sony confirmed that Hennig is no longer with the studio. “We can confirm that Amy Hennig has left Naughty Dog. Amy has made significant contributions to the game industry and we appreciate all she has done for Naughty Dog,” a Sony statement reads. “The development timeline of Uncharted will not be impacted.” Hennig’s last day with the studio was Monday, the report states.
Citing “numerous trusted sources,” the report goes on to state that Hennig didn’t leave voluntarily — rather, she was “forced out,” according to sources, by The Last of Us Creative Director Neil Druckmann and Game Director Bruce Straley, although the report does not elaborate further on the specifics of her departure. The report also says that Uncharted “may now come under their control.”
In an Ask Me Anything Reddit post on Feb. 21, Druckmann stated he was not involved in the Uncharted project.
Hennig is best known for her work on the Uncharted series, and served as lead writer and director of all Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, She won the Writers Guild of America’s Outstanding Achievement in Writing for Video Games in 2012 for Uncharted 3.
Hennig had been with Naughty Dog for 10 years. She also worked on the Jak and Daxter series, and was writer and director of Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, Soul Reaver 2 and Legacy of Kain: Defiance.
GameFront has reached out to both Naughty Dog and Sony for comment, and this story will be updated as more information becomes available.