Although Amy Hennig now runs Skydance New Media, her departure came as a surprise to her colleagues and has had a significant impact on Uncharted 4.
Uncharted 4 managed to bid a perfect farewell to Nathan Drake, so it’s no surprise that many consider it a masterpiece. We usually credit the tandem of Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley for the game’s unique tone, but it seems that the end result would have been very different if Amy Hennig, the true mother of the Uncharted saga, had stayed on at Naughty Dog.
“We were well into the development of the game. Then they fired her from Naughty Dog and got rid of everything.” – Nolan North
Nolan North, who plays Nathan Drake, told the Couch Soup podcast that the departure of the franchise’s lead writer has led to a restart of development. “Uncharted 4 took about seven months to develop with Amy Hennig. We were well into the development of the game. Then they fired her from Naughty Dog, and got rid of everything.”
According to North’s statements, Naughty Dog made a few changes, such as replacing Stashwick with Troy Baker as Nathan’s brother and bringing in Warren Kole as Rafe. In addition, Graham McTavish played Cutter in the original script, but changes were also made to the character of Nadine Ross. Despite all of this, and not counting what hasn’t been revealed, North believes Naughty Dog has made some necessary changes: “It happens in movies and on television, but I was glad they didn’t throw everything out and say, ‘That’s it, done’.”
It’s been several years since the release of Uncharted 4, but many of us agree that despite the partial rethinking/reimagining of development, it has become an unmissable experience for all adventure game fans. What’s more, Amy Hennig isn’t doing too badly at her studio Skydance New Media, as she’s working on a AAA game set in the Marvel universe and, as we recently learned, a new game in the Star Wars franchise.