Uncharted Creator Amy Hennig Has Parted Ways With EA

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Dean Abdou

Today at the Gamelab conference, Uncharted creator Amy Hennig, revealed to Eurogamer that she has parted ways with EA and is in the process of starting her own independent studio.

After Visceral Games was shut down and with it the Star Wars project that Henning was the lead of, it left very little for her to work on. Hennig actually left EA back in January but there was never a right moment for her to announce the news to the public.

In the interview with Eurogamer Hennig said, "I'm not, I have not worked at EA since January, technically, legally. Yes. This is the problem, it was hard enough for them, but people were immediately asking them 'is Amy working with you?' and the answer was 'well, we're in negotiations...' like, hmm. It was, sort of the soft pedal answer."

This wasn't the end for Hennig though as she also revealed that she's now working independently and is starting her own little studio.

"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."

So it looks as though we can expect to see some exciting stuff in the future from Amy Hennig but as for anything Star Wars related, it seems like that's a bit of a dead end for now. Although the project was moved to go in a different direction, Hennig did say that she would still like to bring it back somehow.

"The Vancouver studio is working on something pretty different. It's really not... Y'know, once you go more open world 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."

One can only hope that it'll somehow make a return but it looks as though that will be very unlikely.

Comments
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  • While it sucks EA screwed her over I'm glad she's going to keep making games. Looking forward to her VR games.
  • She created Uncharted?! I thought that she was writer, not the creator. Any-who, I'm glad she's not done with games and will continue to helm some great projects going forward.
  • Someone like her needs a big studio behind her, I feel. I'm not really interested in the VR Indy scene, so I'll probably be missing whatever she does next. Shit, V R might be over with by then anyway.
  • @2. You are corect. She DID NOT create Uncharted. She was a writer for the game. She went to EA when the offered her more $ & then EA screwed her. I say she got what she deserved. What happens when you try & grab all the top talent from a bunch of smaller studios? You have them all in one place, doing the same thing & they don't have ther chance to do what they were doing in their previous jobs......so after a few years of doing practically nothing, they leave. It's been happening a lot.
  • @#4 Wow. You are dreadfully misinformed. First of all, it's not really known whose idea Uncharted was exactly, but Amy was a lead writer on most of the titles, as well as Creative Director for 1,2 & 3 and was a key creative force behind the series. And considering that the EA Star Wars game she was lead directing was described as "basically Uncharted in the Star Wars universe"; I'm willing to bet that Uncharted was her baby. Lastly, she didn't leave ND because she was offered more money elsewhere. She left because she had issues internally with the studio & decided it was better she left to do her own thing. I guess comments like yours are what happens when idiots decide to rant about whet they THINK happen. Rather than base their responses on facts.
  • I like how this is under Star Wars 1313, another game we'll never get.
  • She also wrote the Blood Omen/Soul Reaver series from the second entry onwards. EA was the wrong fit for someone who actually cares about narrative, at least she got her payday and can move on to creating great games again.
  • @7 as someone that is just entering the gaming industry, sometimes the quality of our game is more important than our payday. The disappointment of of seeing something you are working on turn into something not so great leaves a sour taste in our mouth, especially in those of us that really care about making something fun.
  • I'd say Microsoft should grab her and put her in charge of that new studio they are making. The Initiative I think it was called. If she's committed to VR now, though, we will likely see her stuff on PSVR.
  • "Uncharted writer and director" would've been more appropriate.
  • To be fair everyone, Eurogamer referred to her as Uncharted creator. PST have essentially cut and paste snippets from the article, see the opening paragraph below: 'Last October, EA shut down Visceral Games, which had been working on a secretive under-wraps Star Wars project led by Uncharted creator Amy Hennig.'
  • I know it won't happen, but I would say Sony really should get her signed up to make games for them instead of Microsoft coming along and employing her. She had issues with Naughty dog and not directly Sony, so surely she wouldn't have an issue going back to Sony again? Allowing her control of her own studio would certainly be good, because although Uncharted 4 was great, I'd still say the 2nd was my favourite. If Phil Spencer announced her to the stage at E3 2019, I think I'd be physically sick! All the other studios that Microsoft bought weren't really too much of a loss in my opinion, except for maybe Ninja Theory, but getting Amy Henning would be massive I'm my opinion!
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