Amy Hennig

Visceral Games’ underrated survival horror series Dead Space may be deader than its name suggests, but that’s not stopping the Electronic Arts owned studio from soldiering on with an even bigger sci-fi brand. Rumours have connected the company to Star Wars for some time now – and they have been confirmed today by the successful recruitment of Uncharted director Amy Hennig.

“Over the last few weeks, Amy and I have spent a lot of time talking about what her first project would be,” said a chuffed Visceral Games gaffer Steve Papoutsis. “There are a lot of different directions that we could have gone, but I could sense that what really excited her about this opportunity was Star Wars. Amy’s a huge fan. We happen to be making a Star Wars game. Just thinking about the possibilities made both of us even more excited about having her join the team.”

Writing on Twitter, the ex-Naughty Dog employee expressed her delight at returning to the company that kickstarted her career over 23 years ago, and also stressed her passion for George Lucas’ seminal series. “It's a privilege to have the opportunity to contribute to the Star Wars universe, after it's had such a formative influence on my life,” she said.

Hennig exited Naughty Dog in March following a ten year tenure at the first-party outfit. The motivation behind her departure is still not entirely clear, though the developer has stressed that the decision was not influenced by The Last of Us creators Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann – irrespective of reports to the contrary. We must admit, we are excited by the idea of a quality Star Wars title – and this one certainly appears to have some pedigree behind it.