Uncharted 4‘s former director Amy Hennig says Uncharted 4 still features a lot of her influences in it, even though much of the game was finished after her work on it.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has garnered an incredibly high number of positive reviews from critics. For those who have followed the story of Uncharted 4‘s development will know that it was not all smooth sailing, most notable was the departure of Naughty Dog’s creative director Amy Hennig. There was word that after Hennig’s departure, Naughty Dog scrapped eight months of work. But it appears that although much changed over the development of Uncharted 4, a good amount of Hennig’s work has endured. Hennig responded on Twitter encouraging fans to play Naughty Dog’s latest, and that a lot of her is still in the game:
@Squanderdalfast Idiocy! 🙂 It's amazing, I'm sure - plus I poured my heart into it for two years; there's a lot of me still in there! 🙂— Amy Hennig (@amy_hennig) May 6, 2016
Naughty Dog also recognized Hennig’s contribution to the franchise in the credits of Uncharted 4. After all, Hennig was hired by Naughty Dog in order to help create a new IP for the PlayStation 3, which ended up being Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. She wrote and directed every game in the franchise up to her leaving after working for two years on her version of Uncharted 4.
For many fans, Amy Hennig and Uncharted were synonymous. Her departure was accompanied soon after with more people on the project leaving, including game director Justin Richmond and actors working on the game Alan Tudyk and Todd Stashwick. The leadership team behind The Last Us, creative director Neil Druckmann and game director Bruce Straley picked up the reins of Uncharted 4 and are responsible for delivering the final game.
Hennig is currently working on an unknown Star Wars game as creative director at Visceral Games. Little is known about Visceral’s Star Wars title, which the developer has said it’s still years away, but given Hennig’s pedigree and some comments made by Nathan Drake’s voice actor Nolan North, it will be in the same vein as Uncharted.
There’s no telling where Hennig’s version of Uncharted 4 ends and where the new begins, like the series’ first dialogue options and influence from The Last of Us. Just as the details of Hennig’s departure remain a mystery, it’s likely her exact influences in Uncharted 4 will remain unknown as well.
Based on reviews, including Game Rant’s own, it appears Hennig is correct in her tweet — to not check out Uncharted 4 may be “idiocy.”
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End launches May 10, 2016, exclusively on PlayStation 4.