Amy Hennig, the Creative Director behind much of the Uncharted series and the unfortunately cancelled Star Wars game for Visceral Games, has announced her next move. She will be joining Skydance Media to develop an “interactive series” for “emerging streaming platforms.”
Thrilled to announce that I’m joining the Skydance creative team in a venture to explore new frontiers in interactive storytelling! https://t.co/TFgRK2iYen
— Amy Hennig (@amy_hennig) November 18, 2019
She will be joined by former Electronic Arts executive Julian Beak to spearhead the new game studio in the San Francisco Bay Area. Beak was also part of the teams for Battlefield: Hardline, Need for Speed, and Visceral’s Star Wars game. Skydance is largely a film and TV company, with Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan and Terminator: Dark Fate being some of their more recognisable properties.
While no details have been revealed about upcoming projects, the brief given seems to suggest some interesting things.
The new company will target gamers and non-gamers alike, on both traditional and emerging streaming platforms with new story-focused experiences — crafted as an interactive series — and they will employ state-of-the-art computer graphics to provide the visual fidelity of television and film, but with an active, lean-in experience that puts the audience in the driver’s seat
While she did some consulting for game companies and had a short stint at Visceral, it was always likely that Hennig returned to storytelling.
“I’ve been in the game industry for 30 years now,” Hennig said in the announcement. “I’ve seen so many different evolution and revolutions of creative content. And fundamentally, I came to it as a storyteller. I was potentially a filmmaker. When I was going to school, I wanted to be a writer. And so I found my creative home in games.”