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'Uncharted' writer and director Amy Hennig leaves Naughty Dog, reportedly forced out

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Amy Hennig, the writer and creative director behind the bestselling Uncharted video game series, has left developer Naughty Dog. The news was first reported by IGN, which claims that Hennig was "forced out" of the Sony-owned studio by her counterparts Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley, both of whom worked on The Last of Us. Hennig was writing and spearheading development on the upcoming Uncharted title for the PlayStation 4.

"The development timeline of 'Uncharted' will not be impacted."

"We can confirm that Amy Hennig has left Naughty Dog," said Sony in a statement. "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."

Hennig is an industry veteran, having contributed to franchises such as Legacy of Kain and Jak & Daxter, and is considered one of the most influential women in the video games world. Her work on Uncharted was widely praised, with the series gaining as much attention for its sharp writing and characters as its pulp adventure-style action. In 2012, she won an Outstanding Achievement in Writing for Video Games award from the Writers' Guild of America for Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception.