Yep, that’s right, the creative person behind the Uncharted series (one of last generations best franchises), which featured great story and writing is now working on a Star Wars video game. EA announced today on their blog, that Amy Hennig was now working for Visceral Games as the creative director on an as yet unannounced Star Wars project; news which has kept me smilling all afternoon. From their post:
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.
I’m excited. For one, this means those rumors of her being forced to leave Naughty Dog, or more than likely false, and instead she wanted the chance to work on a Star Wars game. Secondly, Uncharted is one of my favorite gaming franchises ever. It has great stories, characters, and has always been a showcase for how polished Naughty Dog is. As the creative director/writer, Amy Hennig was a big reason for that, and now she’s bringing all that awesomeness to a Star Wars game.
Star Wars has been in desperate need of a badass game for a while now, and this could be a good indication that it’s happening. I’m just hoping this means we’ll hear more details on ALL of EA’s upcoming Star Wars projects at this year’s E3. What do you guys think of this news?