Amy Hennig, former Uncharted director, joins EA to work on Star Wars projects
Amy Hennig, the creator of the Uncharted series, left Naughty Dog under supposedly bad terms back in February. Now she’s found a new job at EA.
Specifically she’ll be working at Visceral Games and will be the creative director of Star Wars projects. This news is sure to delight fans of Hennig, one of the main forces behind Uncharted.
Steve Papoutsis, VP and General Manager of Visceral Games, had this to say about Amy:
Amy has long been recognized as one of our industry’s top visionaries, and is coming off an amazing run as the Writer and Creative Director of the Uncharted franchise. But her contributions go beyond the games she helped create at Naughty Dog and at Crystal Dynamics, where we worked together many years ago. As both a colleague and friend, I’ve always admired her 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.
Over the last few weeks, Amy and I have spent a lot of time talking about what her first project would be. 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.
Ironically Amy worked at Electronic Arts over 23 years ago, accidentally causing a sort of “full circle” transition.
I’m happy to see Hennig get such a high profile position after leaving Naughty Dog. I don’t know why Naughty Dog would ever let her go but that’s how things played out.
Now we’ve got the exciting possibility of actual GOOD Star Wars games to look forward to!