It was shocking news indeed when Amy Hennig, Director for all the Uncharted games even the upcoming one on the PS4, was let go soon after she celebrated her 10 year anniversary at Naughty Dog. This news was even more disturbing when rumors began that she was “forced out” of the company.
According to the rumors Hennig’s forceful dismissal was influenced by the creative directors of the Last of Us, Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley, who will now be taking over the upcoming Uncharted game for the PS4.
Naughty Dog co-presidents have recently issued a statement denying Druckmann’s and Straley’s alleged involvement in Hennig’s separation from Naughty Dog.
"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 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."
Straley added to this on Twitter saying, "It's super reassuring to know our bosses, [Wells and Balestra] have our backs," "Thanks guys!". Coming back to “Uncharted 4”, Sony has confirmed that Hennig’s dismissal will not affect the development of the game.