After leaving Naughty Dog, Amy Hennig soon became hot property with a host of offers from other developers. The creative director behind the Uncharted series is considered one of the best in the business and it is Visceral who have acquired her writing talents. Visceral are currently working on a unnamed Star Wars project alongside two other EA owned game developers, Bioware and DICE.
Apparently, Hennig has long been a Star Wars fan so it didn’t take much convincing for her to re-join the ranks of EA. Yes, Amy worked for EA during the 90’s before enjoying and flourishing in a 10 year career with Naughty Dog. Intially, Hennig’s departure from Naughty Dog was rumoured to be a rather tumultuous one, according to IGN. However, in a rare moment for the company, Naughty Dog spoke out against the accusations and said that the departure was on mutual terms.
Naughty Dog’s loss can only be Visceral’s gain, as they can’t contain their excitement over acquiring Hennig’s services. Visceral’s VP Steve Papoutsis had this to say;
“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.”
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.“
With DICE working on the rebooted Star Wars Battlefront and knowing Bioware have previously made classic Star Wars games (Knights of the Old Republic), EA look to be in a very strong position with their rebranded Star Wars trilogy. Twinstickgaming wish Amy Hennig good luck in her new job.