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Submitted by Kayant 673d ago | news

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... (Amy Henning, EA, Industry, Visceral games)

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

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-Foxtrot  +   673d 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.
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ThatArtGuy  +   673d ago
If they want her, they will. She has negotiation power on her side.
-Foxtrot  +   673d ago
It's EA....Amy would actually need to be able to use the force to convince EA.

<Waves hand>

"Bring me a taco"
morganfell  +   673d ago
Yeah she will have freedom. Just ask Zampella...

No contract is long enough to cover everything that EA might do behind your back.
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a08andan  +   673d 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?
-Foxtrot  +   673d 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.
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Eonjay  +   673d 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.
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Death  +   673d 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.
Dudebro90  +   673d 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
-Foxtrot  +   673d 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
majiebeast  +   673d 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

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Baka-akaB  +   673d 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
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majiebeast  +   673d 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.
Pudge88  +   673d 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.
iamnsuperman  +   673d 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
jdaboss   673d ago | Off topic | show
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Ducky  +   673d 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.
aragon  +   673d 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
LordMaim  +   673d 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.
Dark11  +   673d ago
Now her work will will be experienced by the xbox fans as well.
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n4gamingm  +   673d ago
you are like a sony groupie calm down, you ever once thought that she doesn't like working at sony.
-Foxtrot  +   673d 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-  +   672d 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
joab777  +   673d 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.
a08andan  +   673d 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
-Foxtrot  +   673d 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.
FullmetalRoyale  +   673d 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?
-Foxtrot  +   673d 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"
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Flipgeneral  +   673d 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
truefan1  +   673d 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.
ZombieKiller  +   673d 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_Estevez  +   673d ago
While EA sounds bad at first glance, she's gonna be writing for Star Wars and that is awesome news!
Majin-vegeta  +   673d ago
If she's doing it for SWBF. There may be hope for it :D.
Emilio_Estevez  +   673d 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.
Rickgrimes95  +   673d ago
That is amazing can't wait to see what she does with star wars
Conzul  +   673d ago
Maybe it'll end up like the 1313 demo, which itself looked like 50/50 Star Wars and Uncharted.

Color me happy.
Rickgrimes95  +   673d 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
WeAreLegion  +   673d ago
It comes full circle. The creative director on 1313 works for Sony now. Lol.
TheTwelve  +   673d ago
From Naughty Dog to EA.

All the best to her.

(Btw, EA is where she started her career)
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AstroCyborg  +   673d ago
well there goes here carrer right down the craper
n4gamingm  +   673d ago
she started at ea
AstroCyborg  +   673d ago
yeah &?
leemo19  +   673d ago
At-least EA has someone now who can actually write a story for a change.
izumo_lee  +   673d ago
Best of luck to Ms.Henning in her new role....ironic she's writing for Star Wars cause joining EA is like joining the 'Dark Side'.

Was hoping she would be apart of Eidos again & maybe finish what she started with the Legacy of Kain series but now that may never happen.
NYC_Gamer  +   673d ago
I wanted her to return to the Legacy of Kain franchise too
PixelNinja  +   673d ago
She started her gaming career at EA, if anything she is going back to the dark side.
izumo_lee  +   673d ago
Yeah but long long ago in a galaxy far away EA wasn't as bad as they are now. She'll do great over there cause she knows her stuff when it comes to writing.
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danny818  +   673d ago
nice. maybe the battlefront game?! I heard dice has that under control so that cant be
hankmoody  +   673d ago
Would love to see her input on Dead Space if at all possible. Maybe she's got it in her to make the series scary again?
incendy35  +   673d ago
Nice, can't wait to see what they come up with. Sony's loss is everyone's gain.
parkesy78  +   673d ago
Could of been alot worse she could of ended up at microsoft at least this way we get a star wars game with good story set pieces
CrossingEden  +   673d ago
Creator director on star wars?!! Holy hell this is gonna be amazing!
svoulis  +   673d ago
OH please please please make a new Horror game. Something amazing shes has the potential EA better not mess that up.
Baccra17  +   673d ago
So much for Legacy of Kain.
aquamala  +   673d ago
great news, really want this game to be good
Flyingdog670  +   673d ago
For Star Wars?!! Yes!!!!! They need somebody like her to the Star Wars team! :) Hope she can take Star Wars to a new level with the games.
Thatlalala  +   673d ago
EA?!? Booooo..... Fuck your disagrees.
Activemessiah  +   673d ago
UGH! why EA?
ThatIrishGamer  +   673d ago
As a Star Wars fan this is great news!!!!! Top talent on a top game and probably multiplat form so everyone gets to benefit from the talent :)
_FantasmA_  +   673d ago
Well that sucks for her. But hopefully its good for Uncharted. That franchise had potential but instead they turned into a cliched, linear, scripted, wannabe Tomb Raider/Indiana Jones hybrid that lacked replay value. Sucker Punch finally made Infamous into the major league game it should have been and hopefully now Uncharted will be an A+ game.
pabadamus1  +   673d ago
Good for her. Great for EA. Maybe visceral could use her talents down the road to pen a proper narrative for a new Dead Space.
Predaking77  +   673d ago
Congratulations to her. Hope they work on a new Dead Space.
kevinsheeks  +   673d ago
This is good maybe now she will be respected for her choices instead of questioned and keep in mind if sony wanted her at other studios they would have reached out guys -_-
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BushLitter  +   673d ago
First thing I thought when I saw the title was "Dante's Inferno 2" - They really need to make that happen.
MWH  +   673d ago
I believe her pinnacle work in story telling will remain Legacy of Kain.
too bad, like shenmue, we may never know what happens next.. but at least Defiance had one hell of a cliffhanger that can serve as an open ending.

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