Naughty Dog responds to Amy Hennig departure: Neil Druckmann, Bruce Straley not involved
Naughty Dog has responded to stories about the departure of Uncharted writer Amy Hennig. While the studio acknowledged the "regrettable news" of her leaving, Naughty Dog co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra were more concerned with a portion of the story accusing Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley of "forcing" her out.
"We feel it necessary to clear up a very important point that was unprofessionally misreported when the story broke," Naughty Dog co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra said in a joint message. "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."
As someone who didn't necessarily buy into the rumor of their involvement, we did report it and for that I apologize. At this point it's unclear exactly how inaccurate the initial report is, but we've reached out to Naughty Dog for clarification regarding Neil Druckmann taking over creative duties for the new Uncharted.