Naughty Dog Comments on Amy Hennig Departure Controversy: "Bruce Straley & Neil Druckmann Were NOT Involved"
Naughty Dog Co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra has finally issued a statement on departure of Amy Hennig from Naughty Dog. The duo clarified that their two employees, Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley has no hand in "forcing out" Amy Hennig.
As the news of Amy Hennig leaving Naughty Dog Studio broke out, Sony immediately issued a clarification and assured Playstation fans that this departure won't impact "development timeline of Uncharted" for PS4.
"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" said Sony.
You can read full message from Naughty Dog co-presidents below:
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.’’
Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann took to Twitter and thanks Naughty Dog Co-Presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra for issuing a clarification on controversial departure of Amy Hennig.
Neil Druckmann tweeted: "My bosses @evan_wells & @cbalestra clarify recent events at Naughty Dog (thanks, guys)"
Bruce Straley tweeted: "It's super reassuring to know our bosses, @evan_wells & @cbalestra have our backs. Thanks guys! "