Uncharted director Amy Hennig to receive special BAFTA award

Naughty Dog alumna Hennig has credits in the game industry reaching back to the 1980s.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced today that it will honor Amy Hennig, formerly of Naughty Dog, with a special award highlighting Hennig's "outstanding contribution" to the game industry.

"Amy is one of the industry’s most successful and respected creative leaders, and we are thrilled to recognize her outstanding contribution through this special award," said BAFTA games chair Harvey Elliot, in conjunction with announcement. "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."

A veteran game developer, Hennig studied literature at UC Berkeley and later film at San Francisco State University, the latter leading to her first game industry gig as an artist for Atari in the 1980s. She is best known for writing and directing Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver and its sequels for Crystal Dynamics, and more recently as creative director on the first three entries of Naughty Dog's Uncharted series. Hennig departed Naughty Dog early during the development of Uncharted 4, after which colleagues Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley filled the director's role. Hennig is presently overseeing a new Star Wars licensed title for Battlefield Hardline developer Visceral Games.

BAFTA will deliver the Special Award to Hennig in a special ceremony in Los Angeles on June 12th, just ahead of E3.

Top image: Amy Hennig speaking at the 2012 Game Developers Conference (Vincent Diamante).