As many of us know the relationship of Star Wars with EA has been interesting to put it lightly. Well today the news doesn’t get much better. Eurogamer sat down with Amy Hennig at the Gamelab conference to get a few more details on what has happened to the long talked about issues the Star Wars game she was working on before EA closed Visceral Games last October.
“When asked if she was still creative director of a Star Wars project, Hennig replied:
“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.”
While we have had reports that Hennig left EA a while ago this is the first bit of confirmation we have got on how long she has been gone. It seems like some legal reasons stopped her from addressing it further until now.
As far as the Star Wars project she was working on while at EA Hennig had this to say:
“So yeah, I’m not doing anything Star Wars. And, who knows what the future may hold, but that project is on the shelf now.
The Vancouver studio is working on something pretty different. It’s really not… Y’know, once you go more open world it’s such a different game to the one we were making. Everybody loved what we were doing and I’d love to see us resurrect that somehow, but it’s complicated.”
So from what it sounds like is that Lucasfilm was not to excited with the direction of whatever kind of game Hennig and her staff were working on at the time. It looks as if they have chosen to go in a completely different direction with the style of game they want.
Being a huge fan of the work Hennig did on the Uncharted series I can say I am disappointed to hear the game is no longer in the grand plan. I think a Uncharted-style Star Wars game could have worked really well given the right story.
What are you thoughts on this news? If you want to read all of Eurogamer’s report click here.