Uncharted’s Amy Hennig has left EA, and that Star Wars game is looking “pretty different” | PCGamesN

Uncharted’s Amy Hennig has left EA, and that Star Wars game is looking “pretty different”

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Star Wars meets Uncharted has been a pretty compelling pitch even since the ill-fated 1313, and it seemed we’d finally get just that when Amy Hennig started working with Visceral Games on a new entry in the space opera franchise. Of course, that project didn’t work out either, and it seems the former Uncharted director has left EA for new ventures.

Hennig quietly left EA back in January, though she says there are no hard feelings there. “ I get along with all those people, I consider even the guys on the exec team friends. But it made it awkward because I never got the chance to announce that I'm not at EA, so I need to just pull off that band-aid at some point - but also had nothing to announce. It makes it sound like I just went home! But I'm doing all this stuff, working on all kinds of things.”

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That new venture, Hennig tells Eurogamer, is an independent studio, though the exact plans for the new company seem to be in flux. “I'm hoping to bring some people on board, I would love to have a little company of about six to eight people, 15 at the most, and do some more projects, do some VR stuff - I'm consulting with some VR companies and doing a ton of research because I haven't played a lot to immerse myself in it.”

EA shut down Visceral Games last year, leaving the Star Wars game that Hennig was creative director for in an uncertain state. The project, codenamed Ragtag, was reportedly troubled throughout, but the studio closure left many wondering about the future of single-player games, especially at EA. The publisher said it would retool the project, and it seems the new iteration will be quite a departure.

Hennig describes the original project as “on the shelf,” and says EA Vancouver “is working on something pretty different.” She adds that “once you go more open world,” as it seems the new version will go, “it's such a different game to the one we were making. Everybody loved what we were doing and I'd love to see us resurrect that somehow, but it's complicated.”

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chronium Avatar
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2 Weeks ago

I had no interest in a uncharted star wars game. Uncharted has a good story but the gameplay sucks.

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Richard Scott-Jones Avatar
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2 Weeks ago

Urgh I just exploded from how right you are. Same with The Last of Us (I acknowledge this is a divisive opinion, however correct).

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Shriven Avatar
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2 Weeks ago

I was just like, 'Uncharted has a good story? It was garbage. Gameplay sandbox was amazing though. These guys are just wrong!' Then I figured out I was confusing Uncharted with Just Cause...

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chronium Avatar
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2 Weeks ago

The Last of Us is better but there levels tend to be far longer then they need to be for the sake of making it feel like a game and not just a 2 hour movie.

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mmoblitz Avatar
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2 Weeks ago

It's been pretty clear lately that story doesn't matter in any games put out by the AAA studios under the EA umbrella. What matters to EA is the MP component so it's easier to monetize.

I just wish that some other publisher would get the rights to the SW franchise. EA will never do it justice.

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MadMarchHare Avatar
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2 Weeks ago

Sad what has become of Visceral. And frankly this doesn't bode well at all. EA are clearly interested in pushing games as a service down peoples throats. They won't be satisfied until they have a direct link to all bank accounts.

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