Uncharted’s creative director and lead writer Amy Hennig has left Naughty Dog Studios. IGN received word yesterday from multiple sources yesterday that she had left the studio, and her final day was Monday, March 3rd. Hennig was writing and leading development of the next installment of the Uncharted franchise, and has previously been creative director on all other Uncharted games.
Sources are telling IGN that Hennig may have been “forced out” by Uncharted 2 & The LAst of US game director Bruce Straley and The Last of Us’ creative director Neil Druckman. Those sources went on to say that Uncharted may now be under their direction.
Sony verified the news, telling IGN “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.”
Hennig has a long and storied history in the gaming industry. Besides her work on the Uncharted franchise, she had previously worked at Crystal Dynamics on Soul Reaver and Legacy of Kain titles. What the future holds for Hennig is anyone’s guess, but I’m sure she will be a hot commodity that any publisher or studio would want to work with.
by, Bobby Marquardt