Uncharted Director Amy Hennig Is Forming A New Game Studio

Hennig is looking to "explore new frontiers in interactive storytelling."

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Amy Hennig, the director and writer of Uncharted 1, 2, and 3, as well as Jak 3, Battlefield: Hardline, and Visceral's cancelled Star Wars game, is launching a new games studio. Hennig has joined Skydance Media, the company that produced such films as Mission Impossible Fallout, Gemini Man, Annihilation, and Terminator: Dark Fate. She will oversee the company's new game development label, working alongside her former Electronic Arts co-worker Julian Beak. This news comes via a report from VentureBeat, and Skydance has since issued a press release welcoming Hennig and Beak on board.

In a statement to VentureBeat, company CEO David Ellison says that the pair have been hired because "the interactive media landscape is continually changing and Amy and Julian are creative and visionary leaders of this evolution." Hennig, whose first credit is 1989's ElectroCop, says that her studio will make games aimed at both traditional gamers and "non-gamers," and will work on "story-focused experiences" for "both traditional and emerging streaming platforms." Hennig left EA after the closure of Visceral, the studio behind the Dead Space series, and the cancellation of the Star Wars game she was working on. At Skydance Media, she says, she met "kindred spirits" who believed in her work.

Hennig says that, while they haven't settled on exactly what they will work on first, she will take on an "interactive showrunner" role, while Beak will serve as an executive producer on their titles. Her aim is to work as "a storyteller" with her games. She believes that the studio will remain "small and focused" under her supervision, working on smaller titles.

Skydance Media has some involvement in games already, and are working on The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, as well as their previous VR title Archangel. The company courted controversy earlier this year after hiring disgraced former Disney/Pixar animation chief John Lasseter, who left the company after allegations of sexual harassment arose. Lasseter's hiring eventually led to Emma Thompson exiting a movie produced by the company.

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Amy has been surprisingly quiet about her departure from EA. Having now played the new Star Wars game I can see that they gutted her game to make this new title. The action/platforming part of the game is almost identical to the big action set pieces in Uncharted. You can clearly see Amy’s hand in that game.

So did they just fire her to repurpose her game?

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How could GameSpot not mention her masterpiece Legacy of Kain yet mention Jak? <smh> The Kain series is begging for a next gen reboot, that'd be awesome if she got the rights and oversaw that.

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@ridah_2pac said:

How could GameSpot not mention her masterpiece Legacy of Kain yet mention Jak? <smh> The Kain series is begging for a next gen reboot, that'd be awesome if she got the rights and oversaw that.

I was going to post the same thing. You beat me to it. They need to buy the rights to Legacy of Kain and reboot the series. The popularity of franchises like Darksiders and God of War (neither of which would exist without Legacy of Kain) shows that there is a market for games like this.

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this is going to be interesting.

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so uncharted 4 was by a different director ?
Now I understand why the game didn't feel Uncharted to me, and more like a presumptuous India Jones soap opera.
Ill be looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us Amy Hennig .

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@uhtredsson: I understand the complaint Amy Hennig's Uncharted 4 was definitely going to have a darker tone with the Brother based on the teaser trailer before the project changed.

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@uhtredsson: did you not like the last of us? Because that's the same director that did uncharted 4.

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@dacontag: I actually loved all of the recent ND games (including The Last of Us), except for Uncharted 4. In fact, I got such a bad taste from that game that I didn't even bother with The Lost Legacy.

I can't say if it's because of Amy Hennig's absence. Uncharted 4 suffered from terrible pacing due to the many cutscenes and way too big and empty open levels. The gameplay took 2 steps back imo.

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