Uncharted PS4 writer Amy Hennig has left Naughty Dog, Uncharted PS4 development unaffected
Update: PlayStation as confirmed to IGN that Hennig has left Naughty Dog and the development timeline for the PS4 Uncharted game will not change because of her departure.
Amy Hennig, lead writer and creative director of the Uncharted series, no longer works at Naughty Dog, according to IGN.
Sources close to IGN say Hennig’s last day was Monday, March 3. Hennig was writing and leading development on the upcoming Uncharted for PlayStation 4.
Hennig was allegedly “forced out” of the studio by The Last of Us' Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley, according to IGN's sources. The future of Uncharted probably rests in their hands now, which raises a lot of questions.
I can’t claim to know what happened or why she’s left, but the circumstances surrounding her departure sound really ugly.
Hennig’s writing and direction made Uncharted the success it is today. The series is her baby. If her being “forced out” is true, it does not paint a good picture for Naughty Dog.
Women in the games industry are already hard to come by. The fact that Hennig leaving the studio is even news is testament to the mark she’s left on the industry and why her presence is important. It’s disgusting to think that two men could force a successful, creative woman to leave the studio where she’s spent the last 10 years crafting incredible stories.
It’s especially strange when you consider how gracefully Druckmann and Straley wrote the female characters in The Last of Us. The news is still fresh, so I’m hoping that IGN’s sources are wrong about the way her departure was handled.
Because damn it looks really bad.