One of the key figures behind Naughty Dog’s most famous properties is reportedly no longer with the studio. As reported by IGN, Sony has confirmed the departure of Amy Hennig, game director on the original Uncharted and creative director on its two sequels. Prior to joining Naughty Dog, Hennig contributed to the classic Desert Strike and Legacy of Kain franchises.
“We can confirm that Amy Hennig has left Naughty Dog,” Sony stated. “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.” This surprisingly brief (not to mention generic) statement hardly seems to capture the profound impact she had at the company.
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune gave people a reason to buy a PS3 when the console was struggling to gain any sort of traction in the market. The sequel was among the most acclaimed action games of its generation. Though less critically lauded, 2011’s Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception offered up a rollicking story and some of the most impressive set pieces you’re ever likely to see.
Numerous rumours abound, but neither Hennig nor Naughty Dog have been drawn on the reasons for her departure.