Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
IT | By Jonathon Greene

News Amy Hennig Leaves EA, Goes Independent

News Amy Hennig Leaves EA, Goes Independent

Hennig took the stage at the Gamelab Conference in Barcelona for a Q&A, where she confirmed to Eurogamer critic and reporter Rob Purchese that she had "not worked at EA since January, technically, legally".

Players who have been closely following the recent influx of enthusiasm for Star Wars have likely heard talk about an upcoming Star Wars game from Electronic Arts that was being spearheaded by former Uncharted director Amy Hennig. I'm hoping to bring some people on board'.

Hennig spoke very positively of EA though, including its exec team, and even implied she could still end up working at the company in the future.

"So yeah, I'm not doing anything Star Wars", Hennig said.

EA officially confirmed in an October blog post that the untitled Star Wars game had not necessarily been canceled, but between a full studio's closure and "shifting the game to be a broader experience that allows for more variety and player agency", it would nearly certainly not resemble Hennig and Visceral's original project, which EA had described as "a story-based, linear game".

Hennig also spoke briefly about what became of the Star Wars game she was working on by noting that EA Vancouver is working on something "pretty different".

For now though she's trying to set up her own independent studio and consulting on unnamed VR projects. "I'm working independently and staying independent", Hennig stated. She nearly mentioned that she's working with working in VR a lot more, and is now in talks with several different companies for the opportunity. While not surprising, it's been well over six months and there was some speculation about what was going on and whether she might still be involved with other Star Wars projects at the publisher. Instead, we will now have to rely on Respawn Entertainment's Star Wars title if Vancouver doesn't do Ragtag justice.

Creative director Amy Hennig has left EA and the Star Wars game that she was working on has now been shelved. We have so much respect for her and the creative spirit she brought to the teams and projects she worked on at EA.

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