Amy Hennig Joins Visceral Games as Star Wars Creative Director
When you’re talented, people are going to want you. Just look at former Naughty Dog superstar Amy Hennig. The former creative director on the Uncharted franchise has moved from a game inspired by a LucasFilm franchise to working on a game that is a LucasFilm franchise. She’s turned to the dark side and joined EA’s Visceral Games to head up their upcoming Star Wars game.
As we noted in our post about Hennig’s Naughty Dog departure, she has a long tenure in the games industry with director credits on three Legacy of Kain games (Soul Reaver, Soul Reaver 2 and Defiance), Jak X and the Uncharted franchise. She also served as the writer of the Uncharted games.
EA didn’t announce Hennig as the writer of the Star Wars game which surprises me. It doesn’t mean that she won’t have some say in the story but it would make sense considering how great a job she did with the Indiana Jones-inspired Uncharted games.
While we don’t know what the Visceral Star Wars game will be officially, given Hennig and Visceral’s recent productions, one would assume that it will be a third-person shooter (probably officially called “third person action-adventure). Apart from that, details are fairly scarce at the moment.
While I know we all think EA is evil (and the seldom do anything to disprove that notion), this is still a smart move. Hennig is very good at her job and hopefully will be given some creative freedom without much EA or Disney/LucasFilm intervention. We were all really excited for the Uncharted-esque Star Wars: 1313 before that was killed. Maybe this will end up being something of a spiritual successor.