Various Star Wars video games are in development at Electronic Arts, who locked up exclusive rights to make games based on the property back in May of last year after Disney decided to close down LucasArts, and its many studios.
Now comes word that one of those games will have a top talent leading it. It’s been announced that Amy Hennig, a writer and creative director on Naughty Dog’s Uncharted series, will lead the development of the Star Wars game being made by Dead Space developer Visceral Games.
Visceral Games Vice President and General Manager Steve Papoutsis had this to say about the hiring of Hennig on the EA blog:
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.
Details on most of the Star Wars games currently in development are scarce to non-existent at the moment, and that’s no different for Visceral Games’ project. Hopefully E3 will bring with it some news of what we can expect.