Last of Us developer shoots down claims that 10-year vet. Amy Hennig was ousted by internal rivals.
Naughty Dog has forcefully responded to what it calls “unprofessionally misreported” claims that company veteran Amy Henning was “forced out” by the creative directors of The Last of Us blockbuster hit.
Henning, the creative mind behind the critical and commercial success Uncharted, recently announced her departure from the developer she had been a part of for 10 years.
Citing “sources”, early reports by IGN said that she was “forced out” by Last of Us directors Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley, who were now expected to take over Henning’s Uncharted franchise.
“We feel it is necessary to clear up a very important point that was unprofessionally misreported when the story broke,” read a statement from co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra.
“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.”
Expressing regret that they will be seeing the back of Henning, the bosses stepped up to say that any heat around her departure should be directed to them.
“Normally, we wouldn’t respond to rumors 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,” the statement explained.
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