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Ex-Uncharted director joins Visceral's Star Wars project

EA hires Amy Hennig after her departure from Naughty Dog

Former Uncharted creative director Amy Hennig has joined Visceral Games to work on its upcoming Star Wars project.


Hennig will take over as creative director on the Star Wars game, Visceral general manager Steve Papoutsis revealed on EA's official news blog.

"Over the last few weeks, Amy and I have spent a lot of time talking about what her first project would be," Papoutsis wrote.

"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."

Hennig left Naughty Dog in early March. Though reports at the time suggested she had been "forced out," Naughty Dog co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra denied those claims in a post on the company's website.

Papoutsis and Hennig previously worked together at Crystal Dynamics. He said he "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 secured exclusive rights to develop "core" Star Wars games in May 2013. EA revealed shortly afterward that Visceral and BioWare were working on unannounced Star Wars games, while Battlefield developer DICE would resurrect Star Wars Battlefront.