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Amy Hennig Is Headed to Visceral Games

The former creative director of the Uncharted franchise will now be working on the studio's upcoming Star Wars project

Amy Hennig is the new creative director on Visceral Games' upcoming Star Wars title.

Amy Hennig has found a new home.

The former creative director and lead writer on Naughty Dog's Uncharted series has landed at EA's Visceral Games. She will once again assume the role of creative director, this time on the studio's upcoming Star Wars project.

"As both a colleague and friend, I’ve always admired [Hennig's] approach to creative development," said Visceral studio head Steve Papoutsis in a statement posted on EA's website. "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."

This is actually a return to EA for Hennig. She once worked for the publisher as an artist and animator in the early '90s, before she eventually moved on to the jobs at Crystal Dynamics and Naughty Dog that would define her career.

Little is known regarding Visceral's Star Wars project. The studio will be developing it alongside multiple other games, which will come from DICE and BioWare, and though they're planned for release in the vicinity of the upcoming JJ Abrams-directed movie sequels, EA has repeatedly said that these new games won't be movie tie-ins.

Hennig has taken to Twitter today to talk about both her excitement to be "home" at EA, and the prospect on working on a franchise that heavily influenced her.

I began my career @EA almost a quarter century ago (I have the 1991 Rising Star award from @realtriphawkins to prove it - ha! ;) ...

— Amy Hennig (@amy_hennig) April 3, 2014

... It might've taken me 23 years, but I'm back - and it's good to be home @EA !

— Amy Hennig (@amy_hennig) April 3, 2014

It's a privilege to have the opportunity to contribute to the Star Wars universe, after it's had such a formative influence on my life.

— Amy Hennig (@amy_hennig) April 3, 2014

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Posted by TurboMan

Oh Snap. I'm excited for this.

Posted by GaspoweR

Ah now I'm really curious with what they're working on.

Edited by firecracker22

Can't wait to see what they have brewing. I'm interested in seeing what they do with Hennig on board, and with a property like Star Wars.

Posted by EchoEcho

I'm actually really looking forward to seeing what develops from this. Visceral + Amy Hennig + Star Wars could equal something very exciting.

Posted by Darji

Do it EA. Amy would be the perfect fit for that.

Edited by Ragnar

Yes please. Say what you will about some of the design choices in Dead Space, but that series has a hell of an atmosphere and the next few years could see a resurgence of actually cool Star Wars games the likes of which we haven't seen since the early aughts. Or you know...Star Wars Habbo Hotel. Who knows at this point.

Edited by CaLe

Amy is a cool dude. Visceral working on a Star Wars game seems really interesting as well. It's weird how they chose to announce both her joining and the game itself at the same time. I guess it's because she's a cool dude.

Edited by Terranova

I suppose if anyone can direct a decent game from the star wars universe it could be Amy, shame she was to late there to write it I think she would have done a decent jobe of that lets hope Visceral can back it up.

Posted by Hassun

Let's hope it will turn out all right. Visceral hasn't exactly been on a good run lately.

Posted by flippyandnod

It's a bummer she left ND, but this is a really great place for her to land.

Edited by Hailinel

Nice. Hopefully this Star Wars game is more akin to the quality of the early Dead Space era instead of later Dead Space or Dante of War.

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Posted by briansanderson

Wow tremendous news. Makes me very happy.

Edited by SingingMenstrual

"....and Amy’s going to help us continue in our pursuit to make the most thrilling, immersive games in the world."

IN THE WORLD

THE. WORLD.

Posted by dvdwalker8

Sounds like a great fit.

Posted by mattgriffin

This is the best new possible from this story.

Posted by LackingSaint

Great combination of things. Star Wars is still a franchise with a lot of potential, Visceral Games can crack out some phenomenal games when they want to (first two Dead Space games), and Amy Hennig is obviously a fantastic project lead.

Edited by Humanity

The people that brought us amazing sci-fi aesthetics, gory decapitations and awesome atmosphere team up with someone that thoroughly understands a good story and engaging narrative.. to make a Star Wars game?

This is the best news I've heard in a long while.

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Posted by Darji

@hailinel: To be honest here. I expect a lot more than just Dead Space 1 quality. And I am sure if someone can do that at this studio it is Amy^^

Posted by Benmo316

Now I will get on the hype train!

Posted by THEBIGZED

These Star Wars games are now guaranteed to be interesting at the very least.

Edited by SomeJerk

> "I think Star Wars games needed this, looking forward to it."
> sees that it's EA
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_suicide_crisis_lines

(Not a joke. I won't buy it unless it turns out to be a godly game. If it gets the typical EA fucking, maybe it's time for the suits to get fired. Not having high hopes.)

Edited by jarowdowsky

Han Solo: Cool Bastard here we come :)

Posted by csl316

It's not Kain, but I'm definitely on board with this decision. Thank god she didn't leave games behind.

Edited by Schlorgan

That's cool. I'm now really excited for EA's E3 press conference: Inquisition, Mass Effect, Mirror's Edge 2, Battlefront and now this.

Edited by hollitz

Ooooooh fuuuuuuuck!

Amy Henning on a Star Wars project?!!?!

Ok, I'm excited.

Posted by conmulligan

Seems like a good fit.

Posted by rmanthorp

THIS IS EXCITING NEWS THAT I AM EXCITED BY.

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Edited by mbr2

So Immersive. So Visceral.

VISCERAL GAMES - It's in our blood.

Posted by DedBeet

Well crap. Hate to see her go to EA but I wish her well. I was really hoping me personal theory was correct and she was going the new team working on Gears of War IP. I don't really care about the franchise but it seems like it could benefit from a talented writer like Amy.

Edited by EXTomar

I love to see Hennig be given a shot at Mirror's Edge instead of Star Wars but there is a lot for her to work on and I'm eager to see what she does.

Edited by TheHBK

Is she related to Mr Perfect Curt Hennig?

Posted by Demoskinos

Great news. Amy is a fantastic talent. Could we actually see a well written star wars story for the first time ever?

Edited by Davosplat

I love you people!! Not to sound like a dweeb, but reading threads like this reminds me why I love Giant Bomb and our Bomber community. Never change! :)

Posted by AnthonyWalkens

All of a sudden this is the most I have looked forward to an EA and Star Wars product in years

Posted by bunnymud

Glad to see she landed well on her feet

Posted by MrBubbles

I hope this means they picked up and finish 1313. I was really looking forward to that game.

Posted by The_Nubster

Han Solo: Cool Bastard here we come :)

Please no. No Han Solo, no Boba Fett, no chewbacca or Darth Vader or Millenium Falcon or anything of that nature. They have an entire universe to draw from, and if they rest on their laurels and fall back on the original trilogy in anything other than aesthetics or feel, they've done it wrong. Even then, there's so much more to Star Wars that could be explored without trying to harken back to emotional ties to old movies.

Edited by flindip

Well, in the short term its nice that Amy will be working on the Star Wars project. But, I think the real win in this is that she may be on-board for any potential Dead Space resurgence. That franchise could really use her services.

Posted by MarkWahlberg

I'm more interested in what Amy Hennig does with Star Wars than what JJ Abrams does.

Posted by Hailinel

@darji: Don't be so sure about that. She's a writer, not a game designer. Plenty of other factors could fuck this game even if Amy does her job well.

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Edited by DragonNinja789

@darji: Considering that Dead Space 2 was just okay and 3 was very sub-par if not lower then yes, I agree with you.

Posted by Kevin_Cogneto

@mbr2 said:

So Immersive. So Visceral.

VISCERAL GAMES - It's in our blood.

And by "it" we mean midichlorians.

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Posted by ma_rc_01

Uncharted with Han Solo. Boom. Ship it.

Posted by Phantomjak

Amy has lead teams that have created my favorite video game memories. I can't wait to see what happens next.

Posted by TheVGamer

Visceral's Star Wars game must be too far in production to be influenced by something like this, right? If she's going to work on something, it might just be a different game in a pre-production stage.

Posted by Heycalvero

Uncharted in Star-Wars-like scenarios seems super rad, this is great.

Posted by alwaysbebombing

But I hate Star Wars

Posted by MooseyMcMan

I'm now WAY more excited for this new Visceral Star Wars game. Work your magic, Hennig!

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