Earlier this week it was announced that Amy Hennig was leaving Naughty Dog after 10 years of service. Obviously, Naughty Dog fans were not happy to see the Uncharted franchise director and writer leaving the studio. Sources claimed that Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley, the directors of The Last of Us, forced her out of the studio.
Naughty Dog co-Presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra have penned a statement to the Naughty Dog community assuring them that Amy Hennig’s departure had nothing to do with The Last of Us directors.
“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,” the two wrote in the statement.
“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.”
So there you have it. While it still remains unclear as to why Hennig left, we can at least be reassured that it most likely had nothing to do with Straley or Druckmann.