Some unfortunate news broke earlier today, first reported by Eurogamer, Amy Hennig of Uncharted fame, has departed from EA, effectively placing her Star Wars game in carbonite.
The sad news broke today, during the Gamelab conference in Barcelona, in which, Hennig herself revealed to Eurogamer’s Rob Purchese that she has parted with EA, as of January of this year. On the brighter side of things, Amy also took the time to announce that she will be forming her own game development studio, which at this current time has no name.
“I’m working independently and staying independent,” Henning revealed during her discussion with Purchese. “I just started my own small little independent studio and am consulting with some people. I’m hoping to bring some people on board, I would love to have a little company of about six to eight people, 15 at the most, and do some more projects, do some VR stuff – I’m consulting with some VR companies and doing a ton of research because I haven’t played a lot to immerse myself in it.”
Purchese asked Hennig the current landscape regarding the Star Wars game and whether Hennig was still involved in its development, in which she replied, stating:
“I’m not, I have not worked at EA since January, technically, legally. Yes. This is the problem, it was hard enough for them, but people were immediately asking them ‘is Amy working with you?’ and the answer was ‘well, we’re in negotiations…’ like, hmm. It was, sort of the soft pedal answer.
“I haven’t been in, but look – I get along with all those people, I consider even the guys on the exec team friends. But it made it awkward because it was like, ‘I never got the chance to announce that I’m not at EA so I need to just pull off that band-aid at some point – but also had nothing to announce. It makes it sound like I just went home! But I’m doing all this stuff, working on all kinds of things.”
This news comes a year after EA shut down Visceral Games, the studio responsible for titles such as Dead Space and the ones originally tasked in bringing Hennig’s Star Wars project to life.
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