Naughty Dog Release Statement on Hennig’s Departure


Naughty Dog co-presidents, Evan Wells and  Christophe Balestra have released a statement on Amy Hennig’s departure from the studio and address the rumor of her being “forced out” which IGN reported when the story broke.

Here is Naughty Dog’s statement:

“Earlier this week we had to confirm the regrettable news that Amy Hennig has left Naughty Dog.  She will be missed and, as we stated before, we appreciate the significant contributions that she has made to Naughty Dog and the industry in general.  We wish her the best.

However, 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.

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.  There is nothing left to be said on this subject.  Now we’re going back to what we should be focused on – making games.”

There you have it, official word from Naughty Dog defending Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley. As for Amy Hennig, she has not said much on why she has left Naughty Dog, but she has began to use Twitter again and has been thanking fans for their kind words.

Source: Naughty Dog

Written by Michael Cwick

Michael Cwick

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