Naughty Dog co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra have come out swinging against the media for reporting that Uncharted writer and lead Amy Hennig was forced out of the company by the creative leads on The Last of Us, Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley. In a post on the official company site, the duo blasted the media for reporting the unconfirmed nature of Hennig's departure from the company. That report came from IGN who was told by inside sources that she was leaving the company and was forced out by Druckmann and Straley. Sony later confirmed that Hennig was leaving the company but did not disclose the nature of her exit from Naughty Dog.
In a post on the Naughty Dog website, Wells and Balestra were critical for media outlets (including us) who they claim "unprofessionally misreported" the rumor that Hennig's departure was somehow motivated by the actions of Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley.
"Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann were not involved in what transpired," the post stated. "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."
You can read their entire post here.