Today Game Developers Conference reached out with a press release to announce that writer and director Amy Hennig will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming GDC 2019 in March.
The reason behind the award was explained as follows.
“Over the course of more than three decades, Amy has established a multifaceted career in game development, starting with development on the Atari 7800 up to the modern PlayStation 4 platform. Amy’s expertise is as deep as it is varied, with professional experience as a digital artist, animator, game designer and especially in the last two decades, as a writer and director of acclaimed adventure titles with strong narrative and character elements.
Serving as the creative director and writer of Naughty Dog’s Uncharted game series, her contributions helped that series become one of the most acclaimed and beloved in the modern gaming era. Before that, Amy served as writer and director of the groundbreaking Soul Reaver / Legacy of Kain series at Crystal Dynamics during her more than eight year tenure with the company. Amy has earned countless accolades for her writing from prestigious organizations including the WGA Videogame Writing Awards and BAFTA, the latter of which also rewarded Amy with a Special Award in recognition for her contribution to the video game industry.”
Game Developers Conference General Manager Katie Stern also accompanied the press release with a statement:
“Amy Hennig is a powerful figure in the game world; her work exemplifies what good game narrative can be, with pathos, humor, suspense and energy. She is truly one of the most influential developers in the games industry.
These past accomplishments are just milestones in a career that we’ll be following for years to come, but for one night at the GDCAs, we’ll reflect on the hard work and artistry that makes game developers like Amy the heart of the industry.”
Lifetime Achievement recipients, which include Tim Schafer, Tim Sweeney, Shigeru Miyamoto, Warren Spector, John Carmack, Hironobu Sakaguchi, Hideo Kojima, Sid Meier, and Ken Kutaragi, are selected Game Developers Choice Special Awards Jury, comprised of several industry leaders.
The Game Developers Choice Awards ceremony will be hosted on March 20, 2019, at 6:30 PM at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, and will be the culmination of the 2019 edition of the Game Developers Conference.
Amy Hennig is known for having directed and written several games including the first three Uncharted titles, the Soul Reaver series, and recently made headlines for Visceral Games’ canceled Star Wars action-adventure game. She has since established her own independent studio.