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 Uncharted  lead writer Amy Hennig leaves Naughty Dog
Uncharted lead writer Amy Hennig leaves Naughty Dog
March 5, 2014 | By Mike Rose

March 5, 2014 | By Mike Rose
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Amy Hennig, lead writer and creative director for the Uncharted series, has left PlayStation studio Naughty Dog.

Hennig has previously worked at Electronic Arts as a designer, and Crystal Dynamics as director. She's best known for Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver and the aforementioned Uncharted series -- the latter in particular won her a Writers Guild of America award.

In a statement to IGN, Sony confirmed that Hennig has left Naughty Dog. "Amy has made significant contributions to the game industry and we appreciate all she has done for Naughty Dog," said the company. "The development timeline of Uncharted will not be impacted."

Notably, Hennig was creative director on the upcoming Uncharted installment for PlayStation 4. The same IGN sources who told the website about her departure also allege that Hennig was "forced out" by the creative directors on Naughty Dog's other big franchise The Last of Us, adding that they will now take over the Uncharted series -- although this has not been officially verified. Gamasutra has contacted Naughty Dog.

[Update: Naughty Dog has responded to the allegations, stating that neither Bruce Straley nor Neil Druckmann were involved in Hennig's departure.]


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Lihim Sidhe
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Radical Entertainment got shutdown after releasing two well received and high selling Prototype games.

Irrational Games just got shut down after releasing two successful Bioshock games.

This woman gave a decade of her life and arguably her vision is what helped Naughty Dog become what it is today. Now she was apparently forced out by the new kids on the block?

All this goes to say is that the notion of stability is not what I think of when thinking of the video game industry. You can fight the good fight and still end up getting the axe. Alas this isn't exclusive to the game's industry.

She has quite the spectacular resume so I am certain she can find a new home without too much trouble. Still the question of why she had to leave her former 'home' is the big question.

E Zachary Knight
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What makes you think she was forced out? Why is that more plausible than her finding a new job somewhere else and that being the reason she left?

Somara Atkinson
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Assuming it came from this.
http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/03/05/uncharted-ps4-writer-amy-h
ennig-leaves-naughty-dog

"Sources claim Hennig was “forced out” by The Last of Us’ Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley, and explained that Uncharted may now come under their control."

Karl E
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The uncharted series, especially no 2, was one of those occasions where the technological capabilities of a particular console generation is combined with a particular style of writing to create some pop culture magic. This magic can not automatically be carried over to another generation. There is probably a lot of friction about how to proceed (open-world vs linear, shooting vs exploring etc).

The timeline will not be affected? Sure. But here's a prediction: uncharted 4 will be a narrative disaster on the same level as Mass Effect 3.

Marie-Eve Vignola
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This woman is an inspiration for everybody in the game industry, especially other women. I'm sad for Naughty Dog and the Uncharted series future...

Arman Matevosyan
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This is disheartening. I have been a fan of Ms. Hennig since Soul Reaver. Along with Kojima and Metal Gear Solid, she convinced me that games could have three dimensional characterizations. Her fingerprint on the Uncharted series will be missed, but she can count on me (and my dollars) for her next project.


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