Even after a very messy split back in 2014, Naughty Dog provides a heartfelt thanks to Amy Hennig during the end credit sequence of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.
Nathan Drake’s swan song is nearly here and if our review is anything to go by, fans of the franchise are in for a treat. The longer than anticipated development cycle for Uncharted 4 wasn’t always a smooth ride for Naughty Dog as it hit numerous delays and even went through a very messy divorce from longtime creative director, Amy Hennig. Even in light of that less than amicable split, Naughty Dog is giving Hennig a special moment of thanks during the Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End credits sequence.
Regardless of what really happened behind closed doors during the development of Uncharted 4, Naughty Dog put in a special effort to recognize all of the good that Hennig has done for the Uncharted franchise during her decade of service at the studio. Near the end of the credits sequence, a screen appears and reads: “With sincere and deep gratitude to AMY HENNIG for her contributions to the Uncharted franchise.”
The special credit is the only thing on screen and remains visible for a good ten seconds before continuing to scroll. It’s clear that Naughty Dog went out of their way to honor one of the franchise founders.
Early in 2014, news leaked that longtime Uncharted game director, head writer and creative director, Amy Hennig, was no longer with Naughty Dog. Rumors indicated that Hennig was forced out at the company, though Naughty Dog denied the rumors. Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann, the duo that led the charge on The Last of Us, took over the Uncharted 4 project and both parties moved on. Nolan North, the voice actor for Nathan Drake, admitted that after Hennig left the company, about eight months of work was completely scrapped, essentially hinting that the team started over.
Hennig, meanwhile, took her talents to Visceral Games to work as creative director on the yet to be announced Star Wars project the studio has been cooking up for the past few years. Very little is currently known about the title, though EA has repeatedly hinted that fans who are familiar with Hennig’s previously work should be excited for this game. If the rumors are true, players are more than likely looking at a story driven, Uncharted style action game set within the Star Wars universe.
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Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is scheduled for release exclusively for the PlayStation 4 on May 10.