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Amy Hennig leaving Naughty Dog was a huge blow for many gamers. They felt like the cornerstone to what made the studio great was now gone. Well, Hennig may be elevating the likes of Visceral Games to what she accomplished with Naughty Dog, if actor Nolan North is anything to go by.
Game Informer picked out a few choice quotes from a Q&A panel at Metrocon 2015 in Tamba Bay, Florida. The important part of the clip starts at the 20:53 mark, courtesy of MrGeekmeout.
For the hearing impaired, North states...
And if you're a big fan of Amy Hennig and her style of [storytelling] – the big thing about her is she's gone to EA and [she's] 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.
Someone in the audience asked if it was the impressive and cinematic looking Star Wars: 1313 but North quickly shot it down saying “No, it's different”. He mentions in the video clip that it's “along the same lines” and he did work on the first motion capturing tests for the game.
The questions eventually veer off and away from the topic at hand and I'll be honest and say that I spent way too much time listening to North talk about the capture process, how it helped improve his ability to not only emote better with his voice acting but also with his real-life acting as well, and some of the quirks and nuances he brought to the table with games like Dota 2. Also, apparently Volition paid top price to use Nolan North's name in Saints Row IV, in addition to having him provide voices in the game itself.
If you've been a fan of Nolan North and you wanted to get a little bit inside of his head and find out what makes the actor behind Nathan Drake tick, the entire hour long video is well worth a watch.
But getting back to the new Star Wars game... apparently Visceral Games is really neck-deep in bringing the new franchise to life.
This will follow on Star Wars: Battlefront, which is due for release this holiday season and will undoubtedly be a massive seller. I'm sure EA would love to use Battlefront as a jumping off point for the next title coming out from Visceral Games. It's also a nice juxtaposition if they're going to have Star Wars: Battlefront work as a multiplayer game and Amy Hennig's Star Wars title work as the single-player focused, narrative-driven game. In that regard, everyone wins.
In the meantime, EA is focused on chucking coals into the fire to keep the hype train running for DICE's Frostbite 3-powered Battlefront. We're likely not going to hear anything too significant about Visceral's title until near the end of the year.