EA Visceral has hired former Uncharted creative director Amy Hennig to head up the studio’s upcoming Star Wars game.
The announcement comes from a post on the EA blog, in which Visceral vice president and general manager Steve Papoutsis sings Hennig’s praises and touches on how she came to join 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 wrote. “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 echoed his enthusiasm in a string of tweets. “It’s a privilege to have the opportunity to contribute to the Star Wars universe, after it’s had such a formative influence on my life,” she said. “I vividly remember sitting in a theater with my buddy @MatthewRockloff in 1976, seeing the Star Wars trailer for the first time and feeling like the universe clicked into place for me in that moment. Two amazing things entered my life in 1977 – Star Wars and the Atari 2600. This opportunity is the confluence of the 2 most influential experiences of my youth, and I couldn’t be more excited to go on this journey.”
Exactly what kind of Star Warsgame EA Visceral is working on is still under wraps, though Papoutsis made it clear Amy will be an integral part of the creative process. “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.”
Hennig departed her role at Naughty Dog early last month amidst rumors that she had been forced out by The Last of Us leads Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley, a story that was later denied by studio co-presidents Christophe Balestra and Evan Wells. At the time of her departure, she was serving as creative director of a fourth Uncharted title for the PS4. Last week, that project suffered a further setback when game director Justin Royland resigned to take a position at Riot Games.