Former Uncharted Creative Director Amy Hennig Is Working On EA’s Star Wars Game

By Ishaan . April 3, 2014 . 10:30am

Former Uncharted writer and creative director Amy Hennig has joined Electronic Arts’ Visceral Games studio, the publisher announced this morning.

 

Visceral are known for their work on the Dead Space series of sci-fi horror games, and the studio is currently working on an untitled Star Wars project, which Hennig will serve as creative director on.

 

Visceral Games’ Vice President and General Manager Steve Papoutsis wrote on the company’s website, “As both a colleague and friend, I’ve always admired [Amy’s] approach to creative development—focusing on nailing down the soul of a game first, and then making sure the writing, the gameplay, the design and the art comes together to form a unified, interactive experience for the player. “

 

“This fits in perfectly with what we’re trying to do here at Visceral and Amy’s going to help us continue in our pursuit to make the most thrilling, immersive games in the world.”

 

Papoutsis then explained how Hennig and Electronic Arts settled on the Star Wars game as her first project with the company.

 

“Over the last few weeks, Amy and I have spent a lot of time talking about what her first project would be,” Papoutsis shares. “There are a lot of different directions we could have gone, but I could sense that what really excited her about this opportunity (because let’s face it, we weren’t the only ones knocking at her door) was Star Wars.”

 

“Amy’s a huge fan. We happen to be making a Star Wars game. Just thinking about the possibilities made both of us even more excited about having her join the team.”

 

Hennig recently parted ways with Sony’s Naughty Dog studio, where she helped create the Uncharted series of games. Prior to that, Hennig was best known for her creative work on the Soul Reaver series of games, which she wrote and directed.


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  • DanielGearSolid

    Cool

  • Rafael Martines

    I guess the next Uncharted for PS4 will be a garbage :( all people that made this game awesome are leaving Naughty Dog :’(

    • http://www.ihasnowebsitez.com Satonaka CP-Four

      Yeah, I’m officially worried now, ND lost two key players recently…

      We all know the gameplay is gonna be good for part 4 on the PS4 but if the story is sub-par o it blows completely then there is still only Phantom Pain as a reason for me to get a PS4 in the future and not much else O_o

      • ForteWily

        For the moment, I am assume that they are leaving the project finished. But it is concerning.

    • xavier axol

      well, I’m looking forward to what amy does with visceral studio. I just wonder if this is the same studio that did dead space, I really like those guys.

      I don’t know if this will help you. but if they can get the team from the last of us which were the original team that made uncharted 1&2, then that shouldn’t be a problem. since Bruce straley was in all three uncharted games and help amy with the writing. and let’s not forget neil druckmann, that guy help on not only with the level design in uncharted 2 (which made it by far the best uncharted game out of all three), but also help on the script.
      you shouldn’t dismiss naughty dog just because amy left, sure she is/was very important to the uncharted franchise. but she wasn’t the only one that help made uncharted special. there’s a reason why they have been among the top studios in the gaming industry long ago even before uncharted.

      • http://www.ihasnowebsitez.com Satonaka CP-Four

        Ok all that info there I didn’t know, that sounds good now ^ ^

        We need this at the top of the comments section or something, good info here.

  • Learii

    star war really? I tho Disney shunt down the company that make star war games

    • EmLeingod

      They did, but so they could give it to EA.

      • d19xx

        So EA can also shut it down?

  • Stephen Mc Devitt

    This is wonderful. Maybe the dialogue in whatever Star Wars game Hennig’s involved in will be realistic unlike George’s prequel trilogy.

  • Lynx

    Well, my interest just jumped.

    Visceral needed someone like this after Dead Space 3.

    • Kai2591

      Oh man, if she gets to work on Dead Space 4 (if any) that would be dope.

  • Altin

    Color me curious.

  • AlteisenX

    So she went from one of the best companies to one of the worst… sigh…

    • xavier axol

      in EA defense. if EA is the worst company around, then why are people still buying their games? plus visceral could benefit with amy writing and direction, after all there’s only a few good star wars games. also hennig used to worked for EA before moving to Crystal Dynamics and then naughty dog, so you could say she came full circle. :P

      • CptPokerface

        They aren’t really EA’s game however, they publish them sure, but the real work is done by people in DICE or Bioware.

        The games they publish tend to be pretty good, however EA as a company is notorious for making some very shady or very short sighted decisions. Simcity’s launch and Mass Effect 3 are prime examples of this. Whether this is done out of pure greed and malice or just gross incompetence, however, is up to debate.

        • xavier axol

          ok, I agree with that. but then is up to us as gamer to not support the shady decisions that EA does on regular basis. rather than criticize EA people should vote with their wallets. and yet after all that it’s said and done, EA will still remain the same and people will still support it. it’s a lost case that you can’t fight it, I just tell myself “forget EA even exist and support the studio that you like”.

          • CptPokerface

            It’s a double edge sword, I always say. To cut EA off from our money, we’d also be cutting off the dev’s who put their heart and soul into making these quality games, devs who also have to answer to EA’s deadlines that they set.

            And the thing about that is, no two gamers are the same. Sure there will be plenty of gamers “boycotting” EA, but there will be just as many still buying games with EA on the label if it’s something they want. And i think it works best like that.

            They know they the games they publish are in demand, however the “boycott” crowd keeps them in perspective, letting them know that certain things will not be tolerated. It’s strange, but I think it works the best this way.

      • melvin2898

        A bad company still makes money. That first comment makes no sense.

  • Jadfish

    Glad to hear that she is back in the game so quickly.

  • Alex Webber

    I always thought Uncharted games had a typical movie style story meaning I found them predictable and boring. At least Last of Us was actually a unique story with great gameplay Uncharted has always been over rated rubbish. Well since she isn’t doing the story and Naughty Dog is pretty creative maybe she will improve some things won’t stop me from buying the game cheap because I hate EA so much.

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