I was going to write about Amazon’s just revealed set-top Android powered streaming/gaming device, Kindle FireTV, today but frankly, I find the following news item way more intriguing, especially when you consider her pedigree and what she brings to that team.
Former Naughty Dogger and creative director/writer for the Uncharted games, Amy Hennig, has joined up with EA and Visceral Games to become creative director on their Star Wars project in a blog announcement yesterday. As of right now, we have no details or any information on what they’re working on but we do know that DICE, Visceral, and BioWare are all working on Star Wars titles after Disney and EA struck a deal last year.
From the sounds of it, this was a very good match as Amy had admitted that Star Wars “had such a formative influence on my life.” It’ll be interesting to see what she can do as she channels that passion into a video game. As Vice President at Visceral, Steve Papoutsis writes:
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.
If you remember, Hennig left Naughty Dog in early March under some odd circumstances. Sites claimed she was forced out while Naughty Dog defended itself in the matter. We’ll probably never know what really happened but I have little doubt that companies weren’t lining up at her door to recruit her. What’s interesting here is that Steve and her already have a rapport as they worked at Crystal Dynamics many moons ago.
What what she’s accomplished not only at Naughty Dog but in her career with other games like the Legacy of Kain series, I’m very interested in seeing what she can bring to the studio. If there’s one franchise that could definitely use her help, it’s Star Wars. I’m hopeful that EA starts showing off or talking about some of their Star Wars projects at E3 this year, but who knows. We may be waiting just a bit longer.