The Uncharted franchise and Amy Hennig inseparable, yet Naughty Dog is faced today with exactly that most unlikely of situation. Sony has confirmed that Amy Hennig has departed from Naughty Dog. Amy's current project, likely leading and writing Uncharted 4 as she did its prequels, will reportedly continue development with its timeline uninhibited. Neither Amy Hennig nor Naughty Dog have released a statement.
Early reports started the rumor that Amy Hennig had left Naughty Dog, after which Sony provided the following statement:
"We can confirm that Amy Hennig has left Naughty Dog. 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."
Suspiciously, the earliest reports on the matter stated that Amy Hennig was "forced out" of Naughty Dog by fellow directors Neil Druckman and Bruce Straley. Both men were heavily involved in the development of Uncharted 2, as well as The Last of Us, but not as deeply involved in Uncharted 3 which Hennig helmed. IGN's sources apparently provided no other details, which makes for a rather unreliable and slanted portrayal of the situation. Unfortunately, those are the only details available currently.
Amy Hennig has up to this point built an extremely impressive resume, directing of course the Uncharted series but also working on the Jak and Daxter series as well as the Legacy of Kain franchise. There's no doubt in my mind that Amy will soon find a new home and whatever project she starts next will immediately become a highly anticipated title.
Naughty Dog, of course, will trudge on with Uncharted 4, potentially The Last of Us 2, and so on. Hopefully IGN's report proves untrue and Amy left Naughty Dog amicably to pursue other creative avenues.