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Amy Hennig Has Left Naughty Dog

The Uncharted creative director and writer has left the developer.

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While specifics remain unclear, it's been confirmed that Uncharted creative director and writer Amy Hennig has left Naughty Dog.

Hennig has not made a public comment on the news.

The initial report came from IGN, and Sony has since confirmed the news with Polygon. The original report characterized the departure as Hennig being "pushed out" of the company.

Sony said the change would not impact the development of the upcoming Uncharted for PlayStation 4.

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Posted By Zerothe

Does anyone watch The World's Dumbest shows on Tru-TV ??? There was one show that had a guy dancing around naked in a convenience store and the girls working sort of reminds me of Hennig. Vicky Gaines I think her name is.

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Posted By Zerothe

She'll make a game called Charted for the Xbox One. =P

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Posted By metalmoog

What. A. Naughty. Dog.

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Posted By ELincoln

Never actually played the Uncharted games, but I wish her well just knowing she presided over the Legacy of Kain plot. Seriously, anyone who hasn't played those games should at least dig up a summary somewhere, that game had one of the most awesomely needlessly complex stories in game history.

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Posted By LarryDavis

@oursin_360: Oh wow, you're right. I knew it reminded me of something but for some reason I completely forgot about Manhunt. That's exactly it.

But yeah, I think story can definitely trump gameplay, I like Telltale's games a lot, but those games also ARE the story. They aren't good cutscenes between extended sequences of unenjoyable stealth.

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Edited By OurSin_360

@rvone said:

@larrydavis said:

@yummylee:

They even admitted as such. In a preview for The Last Of Us in Game Informer, they said U3 was made by their "b-team", and had almost no upper management, which certainly explains its scattershot nature.

I'm not sure how that explains TLOU being a total mess, though. Maybe ND is dead anyway and this won't actually affect much. Goddammit I wish they still made good games. I'm holding out hope for U4.

@boiglenoight: Yeah, stating my honest opinion is trolling. Holy fuck nobody should think this game that got good reviews upon release and everyone figured out later was shitty is shitty!

Please explain why you think TLoU is "a total mess". It's absolutely fine to not like a certain game, but a total mess? I really want to know what mind hurdles you're jumping to get to that conclusion.

Just to add a perspective from somebody who also didn't enjoy the game...

I wouldn't say it was a total mess, but it was basically good characters, dialog and settings....mixed with the gameplay from manhunt. Which had terrible gameplay IMO. I only got a few hours in and just couldn't get through it.

I can see why people like it, i think for a lot of people it's story>>gameplay. I mean honsetly i enjoyed the first uncharted and it didn't have the best gameplay all around either lol. But to me manhunt was one of the worst games i'd ever played, and this felt wayyyyy to much like that IMO

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Posted By SomeJerk

Official statements from ND have been released about this, it basically reads: "Shut the fuck up you dumb motherfuckers, she left all on her own accord to take on other ventures, there was no drama behind the scenes you everything-dramatizing internet nitwits, jesus fucking christ"

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Edited By jakob187

Good. Can someone get her to finally work on a new Kain game already?

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Posted By JesterPC238

Met her at PAX a few years ago, what an awesome lady. I hope she continues working in the industry.

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Edited By MrTCM817

Why is everyone assuming that she was fired even though it is only a rumor? Wait until we get the full story and then make judgments.

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Edited By LarryDavis

@bunnymud: The new Donkey Kong is pretty great! But I play PC games mostly. Might be why I couldn't tolerate TLOU looking so awful. Console fanboyism is pretty dumb. I think the Xone is pretty bad but I'll get one when the Sunset Overdrive console bundle comes out, since I love Insomniac when they aren't making Resistance.

But sure, it's craaaazy to think something rushed out at the end of a console cycle was a technical disaster. I would definitely try a PS4 remake of the game if it smoothed out a lot of that, fixed the enemy spawns/despawns, friendly AI, etc.

@kpaadet: It's just the new FF7. Eventually, like with that game, people will figure out it was never very good to begin with.

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Edited By bunnymud

I imagine @larrydavis being a Nintendo purist. That is the only conclusion I can make from all of his crazy talk.

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Posted By RVonE

@rvone:

@larrydavis said:

Plays like trash, looks even worse, glitchy as hell. Has good cutscenes.

I must've bought a different game, then.

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Edited By kpaadet

@larrydavis said:

@jukeboxzer0: Plays like trash, looks even worse, glitchy as hell. Has good cutscenes.

I wrote a pretty detailed review of it that everyone just marked as UNHELPFUL because it's a masterpiece of modern video games blarrrggghhh

It's funny how on a recent podcast they mentioned weird enemy spawning in the DLC when that was alllllllll over the main game.

This my friends, is what an insane person posts. Take a minute to absorb the crazy. Savor it. Now move on.

I think someone should study him, would make a very interesting read, like how does he function in every day life.

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Posted By RerunAway

No no no no. I can't hear you. I can't hear you. Bad bad bad.

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Posted By LiquidPrince

@jukeboxzer0: Plays like trash, looks even worse, glitchy as hell. Has good cutscenes.

I wrote a pretty detailed review of it that everyone just marked as UNHELPFUL because it's a masterpiece of modern video games blarrrggghhh

It's funny how on a recent podcast they mentioned weird enemy spawning in the DLC when that was alllllllll over the main game.

This my friends, is what an insane person posts. Take a minute to absorb the crazy. Savor it. Now move on.

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Posted By LarryDavis

@rvone:

Plays like trash, looks even worse, glitchy as hell. Has good cutscenes.

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Posted By RVonE

@yummylee:

They even admitted as such. In a preview for The Last Of Us in Game Informer, they said U3 was made by their "b-team", and had almost no upper management, which certainly explains its scattershot nature.

I'm not sure how that explains TLOU being a total mess, though. Maybe ND is dead anyway and this won't actually affect much. Goddammit I wish they still made good games. I'm holding out hope for U4.

@boiglenoight: Yeah, stating my honest opinion is trolling. Holy fuck nobody should think this game that got good reviews upon release and everyone figured out later was shitty is shitty!

Please explain why you think TLoU is "a total mess". It's absolutely fine to not like a certain game, but a total mess? I really want to know what mind hurdles you're jumping to get to that conclusion.

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Posted By rusalkagirl

I love how no one has brought up the fact she is a woman besides those who seem to think that Patrick is pointing and shouting "SEXISM" everywhere. He hasn't even implied that she was forced out (stating that something is a rumor is not accepting it as true), much less that it is because she is a woman. Those of you who have read it that way act like you just want to jump at the chance to insult Patrick or the women's rights movement. I really question your reading comprehension skills.

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Edited By OurSin_360

The story in Uncharted was good but were never the most groundbreaking. To me Uncharted is more about the characters, that in my opinion is where the ground breaks. It's rare we gets characters so well written in games or movies.

Story isn't just plot man, it's writing good characters. Uncharted did this extremely well IMO

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Edited By korwin

@darji said:

@bacongames said:

Amy leaving is something that would be completely reasonable and understandable if it was mutual and voluntary. "Forced"? The ball is in Naughty Dog's court to clear this one up.

why? Because some vague source claimed this? I am sorry but I trust Naughty dog more than this so called vage source. How about showing some evidence of these claims first?

Why, that would keep Patrick and his followers from rashly jumping to the "look look look, women treated badly see see, I told you woman, woman woman treated badly because woman and men are evil and because woman, you see??" mindset. It's more important to blindly infer the industry is misogynistic than to do actual reporting.

Are you out of your tiny little mind? Also if your going to front like your some big brave "men's rights" activist then then at least have the back bone not to hide behind throw away accounts.

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Posted By drakesfortune

This is really bad news. As an Uncharted freak, this makes me very nervous for the next Uncharted game.

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Posted By RollingZeppelin

She looks really jaundiced in that picture.

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Edited By ScreamingGhost

That's to bad; hopefully she finds great new projects to work on in the future.

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Edited By LarryDavis

@jukeboxzer0: Plays like trash, looks even worse, glitchy as hell. Has good cutscenes.

I wrote a pretty detailed review of it that everyone just marked as UNHELPFUL because it's a masterpiece of modern video games blarrrggghhh

It's funny how on a recent podcast they mentioned weird enemy spawning in the DLC when that was alllllllll over the main game.

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Edited By korwin

Maybe her and Rianna Pratchet can collaborate on the next Tomb Raider, that would probably be pretty sweet.

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Edited By HadesTimes

That is terrible! But with a talent like hers I'm she will find another job. Too bad Uncharted will never be the same; to say nothing of any other future great projects she might have created.

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Edited By StriderNo9

The story in Uncharted was good but were never the most groundbreaking. To me Uncharted is more about the characters, that in my opinion is where the ground breaks. It's rare we gets characters so well written in games or movies.

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Posted By zodstein

is this going to turn into another women in the games industry sob story where every white male ever is evil?

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Posted By Tesla

Hasn't it been reported that Uncharted 4 has been in development for a couple of years now? If that is the case, I have to imagine Hennig's contribution to the game's story has already been made.

Regardless, Uncharted is a swashbuckling mindless adventure type of thing that has never had some kind of masterfully told story. Take one part Indiana Jones and one part Laura Croft and throw in a MacGuffin, sit back and enjoy the ride.

Here's hoping Uncharted 4 is awesome and Hennig goes back to finishing up that Legacy of Kain story.

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Edited By DonutFever

Maybe she can pull a Levine and make smaller, less gamey games.

She could call her new studio Gamey Games.

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Edited By Rorie

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Posted By Aegon

@andorski said:

My interest in the Uncharted series has dropped to zero.

Yep. I was already pretty burned out on the series after 3, but with Hennig gone I basically give zero fucks about it now.

Not saying this to be mean, but with her gone, I'm actually more interested now. The story in those games had a pretty predictable formula, with 2 being the standout (mostly due to the setpieces and visuals).

Someone else writing for the series might mean that it'll at least be different. And different can potentially be good.

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Edited By jukeboxzer0

@larrydavis: I would love to know why you think TLOU is a "total mess".

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Posted By mdmac92

Probably for the best. Uncharted desperately needs a breath of fresh air after 3.

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Edited By Rorie

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Posted By SSully

@darji said:

@bacongames said:

Amy leaving is something that would be completely reasonable and understandable if it was mutual and voluntary. "Forced"? The ball is in Naughty Dog's court to clear this one up.

why? Because some vague source claimed this? I am sorry but I trust Naughty dog more than this so called vage source. How about showing some evidence of these claims first?

Why, that would keep Patrick and his followers from rashly jumping to the "look look look, women treated badly see see, I told you woman, woman woman treated badly because woman and men are evil and because woman, you see??" mindset. It's more important to blindly infer the industry is misogynistic than to do actual reporting.

Do you understand how insane you sound?

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Edited By Rorie

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Posted By Cybexx

Makes me really wonder about the direction of Uncharted PS4. Considering that The Last of Us was the answer to the Nathan Drake serial-killer cognitive disonance problem, what is Uncharted in this day and age?

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Posted By RuthLoose

@yummylee said:

@boiglenoight said:

@larrydavis: You're trolling.

If she was responsible for the mess that was Uncharted 3, I can't say I'm sad about it.

While Uncharted 2 was a full step forward from 1, 3 was hardly a failure but more of just a reiteration of 2 in a different locale.

Uncharted 3 was Uncharted 2 but worse in just about every way.

Except in the greater Sully per gameplay hour ratio of 3 compared to 2. Otherwise, agreed.

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Edited By LarryDavis

@yummylee: Also literally no plotline in it was resolved. Is Nathan actually a Drake? What was up with those spiders? Why did Not Jason Statham and Chloe just disappear? The world may never know.

There was also the last-minute genie twist (also not really expounded on), and the last area pretty much just being the end of Uncharted 2 again. That thing is a goddamn disaster.

They even admitted as such. In a preview for The Last Of Us in Game Informer, they said U3 was made by their "b-team", and had almost no upper management, which certainly explains its scattershot nature.

I'm not sure how that explains TLOU being a total mess, though. Maybe ND is dead anyway and this won't actually affect much. Goddammit I wish they still made good games. I'm holding out hope for U4.

@boiglenoight: Yeah, stating my honest opinion is trolling. Holy fuck nobody should think this game that got good reviews upon release and everyone figured out later was shitty is shitty!

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Edited By Saganomics

@andorski said:

My interest in the Uncharted series has dropped to zero.

Yep. I was already pretty burned out on the series after 3, but with Hennig gone I basically give zero fucks about it now.

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Edited By DedBeet

@doctorsage said:

Really hope the rumors of Hennig being forced out aren't true.

Me too. There's very few personalities in the video game business that I respect more than Amy.

Edit: after thinking about, there's actually no one in the video game industry that I respect more than Amy.

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Posted By thatdutchguy

Hopefully the story in uncharted games will be better now.

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Posted By KaneRobot

This story has inspired me to go view Mr. Perfect matches on WWE Network.

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Posted By Lava

This is really sad news. I hope she wasn't forced out or anything like the rumors say. She was always someone I loved hearing from at Naughty Dog. Here's hoping she can make more great games elsewhere!

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Posted By KaneRobot

This story inspired me to go look up Mr. Perfect matches on WWE Network.