However, this time, there’s no way the publisher above her is kicking her ideas to the curb because Electronic Arts has nothing to do with the project!
For example, Amy Hennig is known as the director of Legacy of Kain or as the creative director and writer of the first three Uncharted games. She also had previous involvement with Star Wars when she moved from Naughty Dog to Visceral Games (known for Dead Space) in 2014, where she started working on a game called Project Ragtag. It was supposed to be a linear, single-player action-adventure title. Still, in 2017, Andrew Wilson and his team had had enough: the project was handed over to Electronic Arts Vancouver (who started to turn it into an open-world game and then cancelled it…), and Visceral Games closed down.
In 2019, Amy Hennig created a new branch under Skydance Media, Skydance New Media. The goal is to develop new story-driven experiences with cutting-edge visuals that reach TV and film levels but with active experiences where the audience is in the pilot seat. Last May, Todd Stashwick (with whom Amy Hennig worked on Project Ragtag) said that Amy Hennig was already working on something, but it turned out to be Forspoken for Square Enix (on which they both contribute as writers).
And Skydance has now announced that it is developing a highly cinematic action-adventure game with a unique story set in the Star Wars universe, courtesy of LucasFilm Games. In the press release, Amy Hennig said, “I’ve often described how seeing Star Wars in 1977 essentially rewired my 12-year-old brain, shaping my creative life and future indelibly. I’m delighted to be working with Lucasfilm Games again to tell interactive stories in this galaxy that I love.”
Douglas Reilly, LucasFilm Games’ vice president, added: “We couldn’t be more thrilled to be working again with Amy. She and the Skydance New Media team have the talent and ambition to create a unique Star Wars adventure. Their vision for making inviting, cinematic interactive entertainment makes this collaboration very exciting. We’re working hard with their team of experienced and talented developers, and we’re looking forward to sharing more with Star Wars fans when the time is right.”
Don’t even think about the release window and the target platforms yet. Meanwhile, Skydance New Media is also making a narrative-centric, blockbuster action-adventure game with a unique story set in the Marvel universe. So Amy Hennig’s team has its work cut out for them… but it’s good.