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Naughty Dog Presidents Deny That Amy Hennig Was ‘Forced Out’
It was reported several days ago that The Last of Us’ directors Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley forced Uncharted writer and Creative Director Amy Hennig out of the company after a successful 10 year stint. Both Druckmann and Straley are to take control over the Uncharted PS4 game that Hennig was in charge of.
Naughty Dog co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra, however, have denied that Hennig was forced out by anyone in a new statement.
“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.”
“It’s super reassuring to know our bosses, [Wells and Balestra] have our backs,” said Straley on Twitter. “Thanks guys!”
Hennig’s departure will not affect the development of Uncharted PS4.
Alongside Uncharted PS4, both Straley and Druckmann are now involved in the production of a film adaption of The Last of Us. Druckmann is reported to pen the script for the film, as well as produce alongside Straley, Wells, and Balestra.