Over the years following the conclusion of the original Star Wars trilogy, many new methods were used to continue that universe. Beyond the prequels and the upcoming sequels, several other stories are told outside of the cinema, known as the Expanded Universe. Comics, books, graphic novels, cartoons, and other media were used to enhance the world of Star Wars. One of the top formats, as many would argue, are video games.
Battlefront, Knights of the Old Republic, and The Force Unleashed are all great titles produced under the Star Wars banner, each seen as fresh or innovative in their own way, while also bringing out a different element of the galaxy far, far away. Later this year, players will once again to journey back to the world of Star Wars with a new Battlefront game, which has already shown off two impressive trailers - but it's not alone.
Visceral Games, the developer behind the Dead Space series as well as the upcoming Battlefield Hardline, is currently creating a Star Wars game, and is apparently taking its influence from one of the most acclaimed and successful adventure games in years: Uncharted. This past weekend at MetroCon(via Polygon), Uncharted's star Nolan North (appearing as Nathan Drake) revealed that Amy Hennig - the mind behind the Uncharted series - is bringing some of that some style to her next Star Wars project :
If you're a big fan of Amy Hennig and what her style is, the big thing about her is that she's gone to EA and is going to reboot a brand new Star Wars franchise, in the style of Uncharted.
And I happen to know a lot about it, and it's going to be awesome.
When asked if the mystery project was actually an effort to salvage, or expand upon Star Wars 1313 - the game in development at ILM that was canceled when Disney purchased the brand - North said it's not, but would be "along the same lines."
Hennig departed Naughty Dog last year for Visceral Games, a subsidiary of EA, just one of several key members of the studio to depart and tackle new projects. But few would have guessed just how far into performance capture Hennig's plan for Uncharted 4 was before she left. When she did, the team went back to the drawing board:
"We had shot 8 months of her story and it was all thrown away. The Last of Us guys came in, and you have to understand, new producers, new people, they want to do it. I don’t know what happened exactly."
While it is a shame Hennig's work on Uncharted 4 will never see the light of day, it seems she is moving onto greener pastures with Star Wars. The tone and feel of Uncharted could fit perfectly within some realms of the Star Wars universe, possibly going more in-depth with the world of bounty hunters and scoundrels than the movies ever have. While no official story details surrounding the game have been revealed, there is loads of potential for this to be among the best Star Wars games made, with the right story and great gameplay.
We'll keep you updated on Visceral's Star Wars game as more information becomes available.