If journalists just took a company or government's official word as absolute, you'd never get the truth about anything involving them.
We do need to see more sources come forward to talk about what really happened, but at the moment, Naughty Dog's company line seems less than convincing. Not to mention, they didn't deny that she was forced out; they simply suggested that those two in particular weren't the ones that did it.
Hopefully if there is some impropriety here, a source will bravely come forward and explain it. Though, I can understand any source having serious concerns about telling the whole truth and potentially getting them fired and blacklisted.
Unfortunately, after what happened at Irrational, we've still not heard enough, and that isn't encouraging for whether we'll ever actually learn the truth here as well.
Yep, this is how I feel as well. Whoever wrote the intial piece at ign ( I think it was Mitch Dyer) needs to come out with a few more details. You don't just drop a bomb like that walk off the stage. He doesn't need to give up his sources but he could tell us more. Was it just a contract dispute that forced her to leave or was it an actual conflict between her and Druckman that made her leave? And why would she leave over one conflict? Have their been more than one? Maybe in the conflict with Druckman she went to management for support and it wasn't there so she didn't feel comfortable there and it happened again and she just said "fuck it" and resigned. Of course that was just speculation but it would be nice to know more in the vague way it was originally reported.
I will say that it doesn't make much sense for ign to run a crazy rumor like that. I think they have a pretty good relationship with Naughty Dog and the devs from Naughty Dog go on podcast beyond a lot from what I understand so it would be kind of silly to run a rumor with no real sources and possibly damage that relationship and the press release didn't really deny that there was an issue, just that it wasn't true so it could possibly be true. Regardless, it make Naughty Dog look bad if that's the way it actually went down but we might never figure that out unless some more information is given.
IGN almost certainly had more than just rumor to it, especially considering the sources were the ones that first revealed she was leaving. Then hours later it's confirmed. So, sources that were accurate in saying she was gone also said she was forced out. Considering they trusted the sources on her leaving, I imagine they also trusted them on their suggestions regarding the nature of her exit.
They are probably trying to work out what they can say without revealing the sources, and they may be trying to get those sources to say more or even come forward. I don't blame them for going with trusted sources which have so far at least been right about her leaving, and what this needs is further investigation. Patrick appears to be trying to get an interview with Hennig; so, maybe he can help get to the truth of the situation. Though, since she still wants to be hired elsewhere, she may be resistant to really say all that happened. We'll see.
Hopefully that will happen but I'm doubtful she says anything if she wants to work in the industry again. IF the nature of the departure was as ugly as it sounds, she may have gotten some sort of severance package and required not to say anything about what happened and I think the only way we actually find out anything about this is if Hennig comes out and says something which, like I said earlier, is doubtful for a number of reasons.