Uncharted Creative Director Amy Hennig leaves Naughty Dog
The news of Hennig’s departure from the studio was first reported by IGN, who stated Hennig’s last day at the studio was Monday, March 3. Hennig’s departure was confirmed by Sony in a statement accompanying the IGN article:
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.
During her time at Naughty Dog, Hennig had worked as creative director and writer on Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. She was believed to have been leading the development of the next Uncharted game, teased at the PS4’s US announcement. Whilst the statement from the Sony representative notes the development timeline of Uncharted will not be impacted by her departure, who will take over creative development duties for the series is still unknown.
Whilst the rumor mill has already started churning regarding the reasons for Hennig’s departure, we here at Save Game prefer to focus on the facts. And the fact is Hennig’s work with the Uncharted series contributed to it being one of the best selling, critically acclaimed series on the PS3. Anyone who has played any of the Uncharted games will know the quality of Hennig’s work – the dialogue and story for each of the Uncharted games is an example of games writing executed superbly.
Hennig’s departure from Naughty Dog leaves a creative and inventive void. What this means to the Uncharted series going forward, and who will take the reins of one of the most iconic series on Sony’s console remains to be seen.