The previously reported departure of Amy Hennig from Naughty Dog wasn’t quite as it first appears according to Naughty Dog co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra who issued a statement in defence of Druckmann and Straley.
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.
Both Straley and Druckmann haven’t commented on the accusations this week, but Straley tweeted last night in response to the Naughty Dog blog post:
— Bruce Straley (@bruce_straley) March 7, 2014