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Amy Hennig's Skydance New Media to develop a new narrative driven Star Wars game for Lucasfilm Games.


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Five years on from the messy state of affairs that saw the end of her Star Wars 'Ragtag' project with Visceral/EA, Amy Hennig (who leads the videogame development division of production company Skydance) now has a second chance at a narrative driven Star Wars game.

 

 

 

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A new Star Wars adventure is on the way from one of gaming’s most acclaimed creators.

 

Skydance New Media today announced a collaboration with Lucasfilm Games to develop and produce a narrative-driven, action-adventure game featuring an original story in the Star Wars galaxy. Helming Skydance New Media is award-winning writer and director Amy Henning, a game-industry legend whose credits include the blockbuster series Legacy of Kain, Jak and Daxter, and Uncharted.

 

“I’ve often described how seeing Star Wars in 1977 essentially rewired my 12-year-old brain, shaping my creative life and future indelibly,” said Hennig, president, Skydance New Media. “I’m elated to be working with Lucasfilm Games again to tell interactive stories in this galaxy that I love.”

 

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to be working again with Amy. She and the Skydance New Media team have the talent and ambition to create a unique Star Wars adventure,” said Douglas Reilly, vice president, Lucasfilm Games. “Their vision for making narrative driven and engaging interactive entertainment makes this collaboration very exciting. We’re working hard with their team of experienced and talented developers, and we’re looking forward to sharing more with Star Wars fans when the time is right.”

 

Skydance New Media was formed in 2019 with the goal of creating high-fidelity, richly interactive experiences crafted for traditional gaming platforms as well as emerging streaming services and designed to be appealing, inviting, and accessible to a global audience. Since its creation, the studio has assembled a team of developers and artists with decades of AAA experience in action and adventure gaming, as well as a diverse team of creative consultants from the worlds of film, television, games, and comics.

 

This is the second significant project announced for the game studio, which was formed by Hennig and veteran producer Julian Beak to pioneer a new category of narrative-driven interactive entertainment. In late 2021, the studio announced a partnership with Marvel Entertainment to craft an all-new game with an original story and their unique take for beloved Marvel characters.

 

“We couldn’t be happier to be working with Lucasfilm Games,” said Beak, executive vice president & GM, Skydance New Media. “We look forward to taking fans on an epic journey with this Star Wars action-adventure title.”

 

 

 

https://www.starwars.com/news/amy-hennig-skydance-new-media-star-wars-game

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I suspect it's going to be a long way off (I'm thinking five years) as the studio is still quite small, and they still have a Marvel project to progress with. I'm definitely glad she'll hopefully get this chance to revive her vision for a Star Wars game though, even though it's unlikely to be an actual resurrection of the Ragtag story/characters. 

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So EA has nothing to do with this? Is LucasFilm actually publishing games again? I can’t keep straight what Disney is and isn’t doing with games. They seem to be continuously changing their minds. 


So when is Star Wars 1313 coming back?

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13 minutes ago, Graeme said:

So EA has nothing to do with this? Is LucasFilm actually publishing games again? I can’t keep straight what Disney is and isn’t doing with games. They seem to be continuously changing their minds. 


So when is Star Wars 1313 coming back?


Disney’s SW and Marvel game deals are not exclusive anymore. There are studios all over working on different games for each property.

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I actually wouldn’t be surprised if it’s some version of the Ragtag story and characters. Lucasfilm has to own that intellectual property regardless of what happened to the project. It’s not inconceivable that Lucasfilm offered Hennig the opportunity to tell the story (albeit in a different game altogether) or that Henning approached Lucasfilm with an idea for resurrecting the narrative in her own game.

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5 hours ago, Brandon H said:

I actually wouldn’t be surprised if it’s some version of the Ragtag story and characters. Lucasfilm has to own that intellectual property regardless of what happened to the project. It’s not inconceivable that Lucasfilm offered Hennig the opportunity to tell the story (albeit in a different game altogether) or that Henning approached Lucasfilm with an idea for resurrecting the narrative in her own game.

 

That's a good point, yes. Still, I just wonder if psychologically that whole experience might have left her wanting to leave it all in the past. Time will tell I suppose. Unless we get some interviews in the coming weeks following the announcement, we probably won't hear about this game again for at least a year. I tend not to like game announcements when there's nothing to show for something that is years from release, but Ragtag sounded great, and Hennig was so passionate about working on a Star Wars game, so it's nice to hear she gets another chance and is completely in charge. It also feels like we're only hearing about it now as Skydance surely needs to recruit and expand its game division. 

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