Amy Henning joins Visceral Games

EA :

"Amy has long been recognized as one of our industry’s top visionaries, and is coming off an amazing run as the Writer and Creative Director of the Uncharted franchise. But her contributions go beyond the games she helped create at Naughty Dog and at Crystal Dynamics, where we worked together many years ago. As both a colleague and friend, I’ve always admired her approach to creative development – focusing on nailing down the soul of a game first, and then making sure the writing, the gameplay, the design and the art comes together to form a unified, interactive experience for the player. This fits in perfectly with what we’re trying to do here at Visceral and Amy’s going to help us continue in our pursuit to make the most thrilling, immersive games in the world.

Over the last few weeks, Amy and I have spent a lot of time talking about what her first project would be. There are a lot of different directions we could have gone, but I could sense that what really excited h...


She's the Creative Director on the Star Wars project.

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-Foxtrot1447d ago (Edited 1447d ago )

Amy Hennig....EA



Of all the studios out there

Rocksteady, Rockstar, Valve, Sucker Punch, Ubisoft, Bethesda, Square Enix

She is not going to get creative freedom under EA like she did at Sony.

ThatArtGuy1447d ago

If they want her, they will. She has negotiation power on her side.

-Foxtrot1447d ago

It's EA....Amy would actually need to be able to use the force to convince EA.

<Waves hand>

"Bring me a taco"

morganfell1447d ago (Edited 1447d ago )

Yeah she will have freedom. Just ask Zampella...

No contract is long enough to cover everything that EA might do behind your back.

a08andan1447d ago

"She's the Creative Director on the Star Wars project."

you said: "She is not going to get creative freedom under EA like she did at Sony."

How does that work :P?

-Foxtrot1447d ago (Edited 1447d ago )

How does it work.......really?

It doesn't matter what you are in a studio under EA, if they want something changed they'll make you change it.

So even though she's the creative director still if she does something EA doesn't like the look of they'll ask her to change it. Other studios, not just Sony, offer more freedom then that. So for EXAMPLE Amy could pitch something about stealth and RPG elements, EA could say "...but what about guns?.....add guns now" and she would have no choice, her vision has been changed that easy.

Look what happened to Overstrike with Insomniac Games, EA had their say and it turned into FUSE.

Bioware with Dragon Age 2 and possibly Mass Effect 3

Visceral Games with Dead Space 3


Dungeon Keeper

Disagree all you want but you knew what I meant above in my original comment.

Eonjay1447d ago (Edited 1447d ago )

Sony, as the Publisher of Naughty Dog games was well known for being hands off. Honestly, being a creative director of a Star Wars project has to be extremely daunting. Creative liberties are frowned upon by cult followings. So, EA would be the least of her problems. Does she have to create a cannon based narrative?

For example, I really enjoyed what JJ did with Star Trek. Others did not. So the reception of her work will be very subjective at best.

There are inherent creative restrictions in place when doing work on an established franchise.

Death1447d ago

You do know EA isn't a person, right? EA doesn't say anything to anyone, it the name of the company. As Creative Director it will be Amy's job to take the game ideas/concept and turn them into a game. She will still be part of a development team and have people working above that she answers to as well as people working under her. Creative Director isn't as autonomous as you think.

Dudebro901447d ago

Says who?

People always claim that ea does all of these awful things to their developers, yet we never see any proof.

Like when people said EA forced Viceral to add co op in dead space 3, but then viceral said it was their choice, yet some people still claim it was ea.

Amy could of gone anywhere she wanted, I highly doubt she would go to ea unless she had creative freedoms

-Foxtrot1447d ago

"People always claim that ea does all of these awful things to their developers, yet we never see any proof."

Look at Bioware before EA...then after

HUGE difference

majiebeast1447d ago (Edited 1447d ago )

There is a reason so many people leave when their studio gets bought by EA.

-Bioware doctors Ray Muzyka, Greg Zeschuk
-Glen Schofield(visceral games)now(Sledgehammer games)
-Peter Molyneux
-Will Wright
-Popcap founders

List goes on and on lets not even talk about the studios they killed


Baka-akaB1447d ago (Edited 1447d ago )

Dude there is a whole history of great studios going under , even while their games actually sell , when owned by EA .

She might be fine , at least for a while , but let's not pretend EA didnt abuse , mistreat , and screwed over many great studios .

Hell if you dont feel like seeking stuff like Westwood studios , CoD basically exists because the medal of honor creators ran away .

If they mess with her , they'll go like the wind and find jobs immediately , but they deserves their rep

majiebeast1447d ago

They closed down studios left and right in 2013 but they had no problem giving Richitello a multimillion golden parachute while he was the cause of all the closure with reckless spending.

Pudge881447d ago

@Dudebro... of course they are gonna say it was their choice(Viceral), EA probably made them say that... im pretty sure you wouldnt say it was your managers job that the game sucks, you would get fired.

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iamnsuperman1447d ago

"Of all the studios out there

Rocksteady, Rockstar, Valve, Sucker Punch, Ubisoft, Bethesda, Square Enix"

You know you cant just turn up at a studio as say "Hey, I am a good creative director hire me". Those studios probably don't have projects for her to be apart of. EA clearly does so why not EA

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Ducky1447d ago

... considering the reasons to why she left are still muddled, and that she's willingly taking a job at EA, I'm going to assume she knows more about what's best for her than you.

aragon1447d ago

why u get disagrees ducky? lol this woman doesnt know about whats best for herself in fanboys eyes? so lemme guess fanboys should decide who shes with the sex of her kids, where she works what she eats? grow up fanboys

LordMaim1447d ago

You're assuming the two things are unconnected. She talked about how much she loved Star Wars, so it's not a reach to say that she left Naughty Dog *because* of the EA position.

Dark111447d ago (Edited 1447d ago )

Now her work will will be experienced by the xbox fans as well.

n4gamingm1447d ago

you are like a sony groupie calm down, you ever once thought that she doesn't like working at sony.

-Foxtrot1447d ago

How am I a "Sony groupie" when we are talking about EA....your making this about Sony

When a user talks about a user on the comments section instead of the article at hand then you know not to take him seriously.

DOMination-1446d ago

Foxtrot along with all the other sonyboys don't have much to do right now since the only new game for ps4 can be platinumed in a weekend so I for one can forgive them for hanging around n4g posting absolute tosh. They will leave for a week in four years time when the last guardian comes out though so its ok

joab7771447d ago

But how great is it that she is the creative director on the new star wars game...c'mon.

And EA isnt the worst company out there...not even the worst gaming company. Yeah, they have their problems but she will be fine.

a08andan1447d ago

I am not one of your disagrees :P And as a creative director you would have the ability to make big decisions about where the game is heading and everything in it. Therefor I'd say she has a lot of creative freedom:P

-Foxtrot1447d ago

"she has a lot of creative freedom"

And what I'm trying to say that dosen't really matter at EA...they'll only allow her "creative freedom" when it's something THEY want.

If it's something risky or something EA knows won't sell tons and tons of copies then they'll ask her to change it plain and simple.

It's not like other studios where they would take a risk and trust their creative director. If EA thinks it won't bring in a lot of money they won't allow it.

FullmetalRoyale1447d ago

Jesus Christ. You are here, first of course, being negative about something. Color me surprised.

It's obvious when people have nothing good in their lives, because they come here and gripe about everything.

I see up in the article: Update She's the Creative Director on the Star Wars project.

And yet I look down at you(in more ways than one) making this somehow BAD news?

We have masterminds behind The Last of Us working on the new Uncharted, and Amy working on the next STAR WARS.... And you complain? What world are you living in?

-Foxtrot1447d ago (Edited 1447d ago )

How is that negative when it's EA we are talking about...bloody EA

If I didn't say anything about it being EA you most likely would of turned around and called me a Sony fanboy or whatever. I can't win can I

"Oh bu bu but Foxtrot if this was anyone else you would be calling them...I mean it's EA, it's because she's from ND isn't it you Sony fanboy"

Flipgeneral1447d ago

I dont know man..

Dead space 1, mirrors edge, Dragon age origins... once upon a time they did actually take risks with their titles.

Heres hoping

truefan11447d ago

She left ND for EA that let's you know all these top devs leaving sony is not routine, minus the dev from driveclub. This illustrates she had a sour departure.

ZombieKiller1447d ago

I can't wait to see what she does with Star Wars! Regardless of whether or not I like this change, it happened so all I can do from here on is hope for the future.

It's A New Hope :)

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Emilio_Estevez1447d ago

While EA sounds bad at first glance, she's gonna be writing for Star Wars and that is awesome news!

Majin-vegeta1447d ago

If she's doing it for SWBF. There may be hope for it :D.

Emilio_Estevez1447d ago

'Amy Hennig - A New Hope'

BF2 is one of my favorites and also a game that I probably have the most hours into all time. I will never give up on it and never have. It's too awesome to let dwindle away.

Rickgrimes951447d ago

That is amazing can't wait to see what she does with star wars

Conzul1447d ago

Maybe it'll end up like the 1313 demo, which itself looked like 50/50 Star Wars and Uncharted.

Color me happy.

Rickgrimes951447d ago

Yeah I was really impressed by that demo but if they don't go that route I could see a Jedi game with arkham asylum/city fighting mechanics with a light saber that might be pretty cool

WeAreLegion1447d ago

It comes full circle. The creative director on 1313 works for Sony now. Lol.

TheTwelve1447d ago (Edited 1447d ago )

From Naughty Dog to EA.

All the best to her.

(Btw, EA is where she started her career)

AstroCyborg1447d ago

well there goes here carrer right down the craper

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