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Amy Hennig's EA Star Wars game like Uncharted and 1313, says Nolan North

Naughty Dog apparently scrapped eight months of Uncharted 4 shoot when she left.

The secretive Star Wars game Amy Hennig is directing for EA Visceral has been described as "Star Wars in the style of Uncharted", and "along the same lines" as gritty and glitzy third-person action adventure Star Wars 1313, which was canned.

The descriptions came from actor Nolan North, who's best known for bringing Uncharted hero Nathan Drake to life.

"If you're a big fan of Amy Hennig and her styles of story: 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," he told an audience at Metrocon 2015 (panel video relayed on NeoGAF).

"And I happen to know a lot about it," he sort of sung, "and it's gonna be awesome."

He clarified in a follow-up question that this game isn't Star Wars 1313, "but it's along the same lines". "Star Wars 1313: I actually did the first mocap tests for that," he then revealed.

North had been on the topic of Hennig and her departure from Uncharted developer Naughty Dog last year (April 2014). She left in odd circumstances, amid rumours she'd been elbowed. She never really talked about it, and ended up at Visceral Games shortly after.

Hennig had been working on Uncharted 4 with Nolan North. According to him, a considerable amount of work - up to eight months of shooting - was thrown away when The Last of Us directors Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley took over.

"I can't really say too much about that..." North began. "But I will. We had shot eight months of her story and it was all thrown away. The Last of Us guys came in, they wanted... You have to understand, new producers, new people, they want to do it...

"I don't know what happened exactly, Amy is still a very very dear friend of mine, and she's brilliant, but The Last of Us guys were the next team there, so they took over and just wanted their own flavour. They got rid of some of the other people involved and just redid the thing.

He added: "The tone I think is going to be slightly different. Has to be. It's like, you can't have... A Robert Ludlum novel is not going to be the same as Stephen King - they're different styles. But it's true to the story."

Uncharted 4 was announced in 2013, but was delayed to spring 2016 earlier this year. This redoing of the game would explain the hold-up.

After her appointment at Visceral, Hennig announced she had hired Todd Stashwick as co-writer of her new game. Stashwick, an actor as well as a writer, voiced the first Uncharted 4 teaser trailer. He confirmed, off the back of it, that he'd be in the game. He was going to be Nathan Drake's brother.

That part had to be recast, and it was ubiquitous game actor Troy Baker who filled the role. "Great move they made with Troy Baker - played my brother," North commented. "And they knew that was going to work because Troy and I are friends, and he had done Joel [in The Last of Us], and he and I had good rapport. It's going to be fun."

Uncharted 4 was impressive when shown at E3 this year.

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