Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley Grateful for Co-Presidents Support on Amy Hennig’s Departure

on March 6, 2014 10:42 PM

After being accused without solid evidence by several press sources to have “pushed” Director and Writer Amy Hennig out of her role at Naughty Dog, The Last of Us creative director Neil Druckmann and Game Director Bruce Straley expressed gratitude today for a message written by co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra, that clarified that they weren’t involved in Hennig’s departure.

Druckmann StraleyWhile we still don’t know what transpired behind Ms. Hennig’s departure, the way Druckmann and Straley have been publicly crucified without a shred of evidence is not exactly what I’d consider ethical or acceptable. Delving into rumors can be fun and interesting, but when the personal and professional reputation of those that make the games we love is at stake, maybe it’d be better to provide evidence or just avoid throwing mud.

While we’ll definitely miss Ms. Hennig’s writing, it’s very reassuring to see that Naughty Dog’s upper echelons have the backs of those that work under their responsibility.


 /  Executive News Editor
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