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    Default Uncharted PS4 Writer Amy Hennig Leaves Naughty Dog

    Update: Sony has confirmed to IGN that Hennig has left Naughty Dog. "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."

    Amy Hennig, the creative director and writer on the Uncharted series, has left developer Naughty Dog.

    Numerous trusted sources close to Naughty Dog have verified Hennig’s departure from the studio. She was writing and leading development of Uncharted PS4. Her final day at the studio was Monday, March 3.

    Sources claim Hennig was “forced out” by The Last of Us’ Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley, and explained that Uncharted may now come under their control.

    Hennig recently celebrated her 10th anniversary with Naughty Dog, where she served as director and writer on Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves , and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. Her work was recently profiled in IGN’s The History of Naughty Dog.

    Source: IGN

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    Uncharted creative director packs her bags

    Naughty Dog loses the lady behind Uncharted

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    I hope she left of her own volition and not because she was forced out. Neil Druckman needs to suck a fat dick if he truly did force her out.

    She's a rockstar in this industry, she can easily find a job at another studio. Maybe she could lead up the writing team for the next Mass Effect
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    She was an integral part of Uncharted's success in my opinion, especially as far as the stories and the characters go, so this is definitely a loss for Naughty Dog. Hopefully she makes her way back to Crystal Dynamics as she's previously expressed disappointment in not having been involved in the reboot, and she would be the perfect person to oversee their attempt at more relate-able characters, an area where the reboot unfortunately fell flat.

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    It sucks that she left ND but this is the perfect opportunity for her to write a new Legacy of Kain game. Or begin a new series altogether.

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    Naughty Dog presidents reject claims Uncharted PS4 director Amy Hennig was "forced out"

    Naughty Dog co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra have rejected claims that Uncharted creative director Amy Hennig was "forced out" of the company.

    Hennig left the popular developer earlier this week, after having worked on the Uncharted series for over a decade. Sources were said to have claimed she was "forced out" by The Last of Us creative directors Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley, who would assume control over the new Uncharted title in development for PlayStation 4.

    Wells and Balestra have now issued a statement saying that Straley and Druckmann were not involved in Hennig's departure:

    "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!"

    Sony has said that Hennig's departure will not affect the development of Uncharted on PS4.

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