Ben Borthwick by on Jun 28, 2018

Amy Hennig has left EA to start her own studio

Back in October of last year, we heard the news that EA had taken the decision to move away from a story based, linear Star Wars game that was previously in development at Visceral Games, shuttering the studio and leaving the fate of creative director Amy Hennig (who created the Uncharted series) in the air. Now, nearly a year later Hennig has re-emerged, revealing that she no longer works for EA and is, in fact, about to launch her own independent studio.

Speaking to Eurogamer at the Gamelab conference in Barcelona, Hennig revealed that she left EA back in January and is no longer on any Star Wars projects, saying 'I'm not, I have not worked at EA since January, technically, legally. Yes.'

In taking so long to announce the news, Hennig revealed that ' it made it awkward because it was like, '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.'

The good news is that she is now about to launch an independent studio, saying 'I'm working independently and staying independent. I just started my own small little independent studio and am consulting with some people. I'm hoping to bring some people on board.'

However, it also sounds like the original Star Wars project is now fully on the shelf in favour of the Star Wars Open World project EA Vancouver were hiring for earlier this year, with Hennig saying '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.'



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