Amy Hennig reacts to Jedi: Fallen Order announce, reveals more of her cancelled Star Wars game

From Eurogamer: "Less than two years ago, Uncharted creator Amy Hennig had her story-based single-player Star Wars game, code-named Ragtag, shut down by EA. The message at the time? Single-player games do not make money - or at least, not enough - to continue justifying their existance."

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-Foxtrot1928d ago

I really feel sorry for her, EA do a total 180 after they cancel her game

They could have had two Star Wars Single Player games going so I don't see why they had to cancel one.

Must be a right slap to the face to her and the entire team behind it.

-Foxtrot1927d ago

If it was then EA would have used that as a legit excuse for why they closed Visceral Games down to justify their decision.

ziggurcat1927d ago

No. It was cancelled purely because it was a single player game, and EA took it upon themselves to demonize single player games because they couldn't milk every last penny out out people with MTs, etc...

RizBiz1927d ago (Edited 1927d ago )

It's Amy Hennig. Every single game she's directed has been absolutely phenomenal.

TheColbertinator1927d ago

Yet they still released Mass Effect : Andromeda ,Need for Speed Payback and Anthem. Really doubt EA should be left in charge of deciding quality for us.

FantasticBoss1927d ago

There was a pretty in depth Kotaku article by Schrier which went into that games history. Honestly it sounds like the development was a mess from top to bottom for a lot of reasons. Some of them EA's fault, some of them issues within the studio itself. In the end, as much as it sucks, it really did sound like putting a bullet it in was maybe the right thing to do.

Also, correct if I'm wrong, but Hennig was a writer wasn't she? I don't think she every quite filled a role beyond that until the Star Wars gig.

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FullmetalRoyale1927d ago

And for her to have left a team that she helped bring into the forefront of the modern gaming age. Lest we forget how amazing their performance capturing in their games have been. Something that wasn’t common before, and isn’t being done better now. Yeah, I’d be so disappointed if I was her.

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Godmars2901927d ago

Did a 180 after all of the BF2 fallout, plus all else you mean.

nunley331927d ago

I'm not convinced EAdid a 180 here. After a game cancellations,especially with Star Wars,they let this out so something could be released this fall. After the Anthem and Battlefront debacles,EA needed some good pr that this would bring.

NarutoFox1927d ago

"And you've got to understand there's been huge changes in management there since all of this happened as well. Both Patrick Soderlund and Jade Raymond have left in the meantime,"

That's a factor too

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StarkR3ality1928d ago

If you have to market your game with "we promise we won't add any microtransactions or loot boxes, please buy our game"

Shows how far you've fallen as a company, looking forward to the game, but I genuinely hope EA gets buried with all the negative BS they've pulled over the years.

EA, it's Dead and buried.

elazz1928d ago

And even then they could still add it later on. What did EA do to warrant trust? Track record proves you can't trust them.

Lord_Sloth1927d ago

Disney is breathing down their necks now since Battlefront 2.

annoyedgamer1928d ago

They are adding in MTX in BFV right now. But im sure the sheep will fall for it.

Teflon021927d ago

BFV's content is all free updates. That's one of the few games in the wild that should have MT. It's actually commendable that they took this long to add it imo. Whether ppl buy the stuff or not isn't falling for it. They get what they want and support the devs giving free content. BFV can get alot of flak but that's something it shouldn't get hate for

IanTH1927d ago (Edited 1927d ago )

This is a truly interesting scenario, though. They have outright promised no MTX now, nor to be added in later. I don't believe any similarly high-profile game has made such a claim - certainly not EA, at least. I'm not saying it can't happen, but if they backtrack on that statement after making a promise that was not only public, but part of their marketing push...that would be an indefensible position, and EA would have a *very* bad time.

harmny1927d ago

Everyone is marketing their game like that. If they can

MIDNIITE_Z3RO1927d ago

I wouldn't say that. For example, Massive came right out and said, "Hey, we're gonna have microtransactions in our game. But it won't be forced upon you." Then turned around and made it so you can still unlock all of the items in game by just playing the game. I haven't spent one extra penny on the game since the initial 60 bucks for it.

harmny1927d ago

i said if they can. massive has microtransactions on their game so they cant. they have to explain how their microtransactions are not as bad as people think

Chocoburger1927d ago

Literally my thoughts, it just shows you how far EA and the industry as a whole have sunk, when they use non-anti-consumer practices as a marketing tactic.

Cikatriz_ESP1927d ago

You would rather see EA fail then see them learn from their mistakes and change? That kind of bitterness is counterproductive, not to mention petty.

StarkR3ality1927d ago

Would I rather see a company shut down and fail that's been responsible for shutting down studios, taking advantage of its customers, has shown in the past that they lie out their a** and have tried to play the redemption card multiple times.

Would you take an Ex back if she promised to change after cheating on you 20 times?

I hope the answer is no. Because this is the same thing, it's not being petty or bitter. It is about not being an absolute Muppet.

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ocelot071928d ago

I hope Sony give Any her own studio. Give her the tools and the funds and let Amy and her team do their thing.

Thundercat771927d ago (Edited 1927d ago )

Amy had its chance... But she decided to leave Sony. It was a bad move.

ziggurcat1927d ago

sometimes people leave, and come back. case in point: cory barlog.

Spartacus101927d ago

@ ziggurcat
Imagine how demoralising it is for employees who stay loyal to a company only to have their chance at promotion snatched away by someone who not so long ago decided they wanted to move on. Taking back someone who left to move onto something else, no matter how good they are at their job, is a one of the worst mistakes an employer can make imo. There has to be respect for other employees already in the company looking to get promoted to that job.

Sevir1927d ago

She left over creative differences at ND. And her bout at EA really burned her out on AAA games, even if Sony approached her and said here's the keys to the kingdom, do as you see fit, I think she'd be too traumatized from the last two instances to even bother. Especially since she experienced the worst crunches of the industry working at ND.

She's working on something now but it's a mid tier in development size and at a comfortable cadence for her and her team.

And that's all I'm happy about for her. Tho, I'd love for her to come back to Sony with her own studio with a new IP and given the same freedom Kojima has with DS. To simply develop at her place with very little stress involved.