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.

She most recently was leading development on and writing the upcoming installment of the Uncharted series that will appear on Playstation 4.

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.

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4 Comments on Report: Uncharted Writer Amy Hennig ‘Forced Out’ at Naughty Dog

ted

On March 5, 2014 at 6:47 am

The question from me is why would she be forced out?

Heru

On March 5, 2014 at 7:14 am

Naughty Dog’s loss will be another company’s gain. Very talented lady, will most definitely land on her feet. Maybe EA can bring her in to fix the clusterf*ck they did to Mass Effect…

Kazoo

On March 5, 2014 at 12:11 pm

@Ted

Good question. Perhaps they wanted to take Uncharted in some direction she didn’t like. Or vice-versa. I hope it doesn’t impact the next game or two.

R.J.

On March 6, 2014 at 10:33 pm

Very surprising and a bit concerning. Hennig has done great work so I’m obviously leery about her departure. And, as much as I loved The Last of Us, I think Naughty Dog was right to have two separate teams working on two very different games, so while Druckman and Straley seem to know what they’re doing, I don’t know if I’d be totally on board with them overseeing Uncharted. It’s just always off putting to see an integral part of an established franchise leave under less than amicable circumstances.