You may have heard the news already that long time Uncharted writer Amy Hennig left Naughty Dog. The studio has now given an official statement of her departure.
Naughty Dog Co-Presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra provided the following statement on the official website:
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.
This clears the earlier report that Hennig was forced out by Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann. I guess the real reason why she left the studio will be left unknown to the public as Naughty Dog still didn’t give a reason why she left in the first place.