I just noticed how much Uncharted star Nathan Drake reminds me of Han Solo. I bet publisher Electronic Arts noticed the same thing.
Uncharted creative director Amy Hennig is now working for EA’s Visceral Games. That studio, which previously worked on the Dead Space franchise, is developing an adaptation of Star Wars. Hennig will lead that team as creative director.
“There are a lot of different directions we could have gone, but I could sense that what really excited [Hennig] about this opportunity — because, let’s face it, we weren’t the only ones knocking at her door — was Star Wars,” Visceral Games executive producer Steve Papoutsis wrote in a blog. “Amy’s a huge fan [of Star Wars]. 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 made headlines in early March when she departed Uncharted and The Last of Us developer Naughty Dog. She established herself as one of the medium’s top directors and writers after releasing the beloved Uncharted blockbusters for the PlayStation 3. Naughty Dog, Sony, and Hennig have all avoided explaining the details surrounding her exit from the company.
For EA and Hennig, this marks a reunion. She started her career at the publisher in the late 1980s. Before leaving the company in 1991, she worked on Michael Jordan: Chaos in the Windy City as lead designer.
“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,” wrote Papoutsis. “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.”
EA locked down the exclusive rights to make triple-A Star Wars games for consoles and PC last May. At that time, the publisher immediately announced that Battlefield developer DICE and Visceral would start work on games based on the property.
At last year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo tradeshow, EA revealed that DICE is working on a new shooter in the Star Wars: Battlefront series. The company has not specified what type of game Visceral is working on, but fans expect it to look more like an action-adventure. How does Uncharted in space sound to you?