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Chris who? Leaves where?!

By elethio11-06-2015

Chris Avellone leaves Obsidian
I think I've got a reasonably good knowledge of PC games, but games devs, I can sometimes be a bit sketchy on.
There are some exceptions, from testing the alpha for Stardrive 1&2, got to know Daniel DiCicco reasonably well. And then there are the big names like: Sid "I put my name on things" Meier, David "Elitist" Braben, and Julian "Underdog" Gollop. But for every other dev, I need to do research (yeough) to know who they are, including Chris Avellone.

And now I could kick myself.

Chris, although not a programmer (or not primarily), he has still managed to work on a ton of games, including some of the best of the last twenty years, see if you recognise any:

Star Trek: Starfleet Academy (1997)
Fallout 2 (1998)
Descent to Undermountain (1998)
Planescape: Torment (1999)
Icewind Dale (2000)
Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter (2001)
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance (2001)
Icewind Dale II (2002)
Van Buren (Fallout 3) (2003 - cancelled)
Lionheart: Legacy of the Crusader (2003)
Champions of Norrath (2004)
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords (2004)
Neverwinter Nights 2 (2006)
Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer (2007)
Alpha Protocol (2010)
Fallout: New Vegas (2010)
Wasteland 2 (2014)
FTL: Advanced Edition (2014)
Pillars of Eternity (2015)
Torment: Tides of Numenera (2015)

Chris is a game designer and a writer, and a damn fine one. He is also the founder of Obsidian Entertainment which is why fans of Fallout were shocked to hear his Twitter announcement on Tuesday:

"I have officially left Obsidian Entertainment to accept a sudden opening as the Defence Against the Dark Arts Professor at Hogwarts."

Now despite what he says here sources at Hogwarts seem to know nothing about this move,
Minerva: "While we would welcome someone of Mr Avellone's talents, I regret to say that the position of defence against the darks arts tutor is already filled."

This was actually backed up further when Kotuku asked Chris what he would be doing next, and he replied:

"Off to pursue new projects, but can't say much else right now,"

So there we are, Chris will be working on something but it's a secret, as most games are when in their early stages. We can take some comfort in knowing that Obsidian still have good writers to continue working on Fallout, such as Josh ( I knows how to balance ) Sawyer.
But the fact that Chris will be working on something, is just good news for the gamers and the industry as whole as far as I'm concerned.

Good luck Chris.

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