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Amy Hennig to be honored by BAFTA next month

In recognition for her two-plus decades in games

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts, or BAFTA, will recognize game director and writer Amy Hennig with a Special Award next month, the organization announced in a press release. At a special event on June 12 in Los Angeles, Hennig will receive honors for her "outstanding contribution" to the game industry.

That contribution comes from her work as both a writer and creative director on series like Legacy of Kain and Uncharted. Hennig scripted and directed the first three Uncharted games, winning accolades from the Writers Guild of America along with BAFTA.

In 2014, Hennig left Uncharted 4: A Thief's End months into the project and after 10 years with developer Naughty Dog. Eight months of voiceover was tossed following her departure, and The Last of Us co-directors Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley stepped in to replace her.

Now, the veteran director is at Visceral Games, where she's in charge of a new Star Wars title for Electronic Arts. Details on that game remain scant, although it's said to be in the same vein as Uncharted. Still, the team at Naughty Dog remains appreciative of her time on Uncharted, leaving her a special message in the end credits of Nathan Drake's final outing.

Ahead of the June 12 ceremony, chairman of the BAFTA games committee Harvey Elliot said of Hennig, "Her work in the games industry spans nearly three decades, and throughout this illustrious career she has championed the importance of a game's script, with this creative vision pervading all her work."

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