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Amy Hennig leaves Naughty Dog *update*

Update: Naughty Dog has issued a statement regarding IGN's rumour in respect of Hennigs departure, denying she was forced out.

"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." 

Original: Uncharted creative director and writer Amy Hennig has left Naughty Dog.

The writer helped work on games such as The Uncharted series as well as the Jak and Daxter series.

“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. The development timeline of Uncharted will not be impacted,” a representative wrote.

As is usually the case when high profile developers leave a company, there are all sorts of rumours flying around. IGN for instance, cites trusted sources who say she was “forced out” by The Last of Us creative leads Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley although to be honest we don't really believe this at all.

It's though Hennig was leading up the team on the new Uncharted game, although that role will now be taken over by Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley.

We wouldn't read too much into this really. Developers leave studios all the time for one reason or another. Uncharted will likely be just fine as it gets further into development and we are sure someone as talented as Hennig will have no trouble in finding a new role, if she's not been snapped up already.

Edited On 07 Mar, 2014

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