Amy Hennig, former writer and creative director of the Uncharted series, has joined the Visceral Games team as creative director for the studio's Star Wars project.
The announcement comes from Visceral VP Steve Papoutsis, who describes Hennig as a boon to the team. The two apparently worked together before at Crystal Dynamics, where she worked on the Legacy of Kain games. After moving to Naughty Dog, Hennig contributed to the Jax and Daxter series and helmed the Uncharted franchise.
Papoutsis spoke very highly of Hennig in his official statement, noting his respect for her and how much she enjoys Star Wars.
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.
Her departure from the Uncharted studio came suddenly, and there were rumors that she was essentially forced out of the company by co-directors Neil Druckman and Bruce Straley. The two men have claimed otherwise, of course.
Whatever happened at Naughty Dog, Amy Hennig is now lending her talents to Visceral, and we look forward to seeing what they produce together.