Earlier this week we reported that long time Naughty Dog director and script writer Amy Hennig had left Naughty Dog after 10 years of working for the studio. The news was initially broken by another outlet who suggested that Hennig was ousted by Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann, the head creators of The Last of Us. Today, co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra posted an official statement to clear up this situation.
…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.
They went on to say that they don’t normally comment on rumors and speculation about what happens within their studio. However, since two of its employees were being tarnished by these false reports, they felt that they needed to clear up the matter.
Although they hope that things are now over with regards to this, I’m sure that Hennig’s departure will be the talk of the video game industry for some time to come.