Chris Roberts, 32, is one of the most recognizable names in entertainment software. As a top grossing game designer, producer, live-action director and, above all, storyteller, Chris blends his vision and technical expertise to keep his projects on the cutting edge of entertainment. At an early age, he became one of Englands best-known game designers and by 1987 had three 3 #1 hits in the United Kingdom: Match Day, Wiz Adore and Strykers Run.
Prior to forming Digital Anvil, Chris was vice president of new technology at Origin Systems, Inc. as well as executive producer for Origins parent company, Electronic Arts. As a member of Electronic Arts development executive staff, he helped formulate the companys interactive movie and flight simulation strategies. Roberts first project during his eight-year tenure at Origin was Times of Lore, which hit #1 on Ingrams Best-Seller list in 1988. He followed that achievement with Bad Blood, a post-holocaust role-playing game in 1990.
His next project, Wing Commander, skyrocketed to the top of the charts, where it remains today. Chris game designs, combined with advances in PC technology, made Wing Commander the new standard in PC games. Wing Commander created a whole new genre within the gaming world known as the interactive movie.
Since the 1990 launch of the first Wing Commander, the series has spawned four full sequels and numerous derivative products combining to generate in sales more than five million units worldwide. In that time, the Wing Commander series has consistently broken new ground. Wing Commander III became the industrys first interactive movie and marked the first extensive use of full motion video in a computer game. Wing Commander IV was the first game to use 35-millimeter film for its linear narrative. During production of the Wing Commander games III and IV, Roberts directed actors such as Mark Hammill in the lead role of Christopher Blair and Malcolm McDowell as his troubled commander.
In 1993 Chris released Strike Commander, a military flight combat simulator. It immediately became an international best seller and showcased Origins revolutionary new 3D REALSPACE graphics system, one of the most powerful 3D systems ever produced for the PC. Until Wing Commander III, Strike Commander was Electronic Arts top selling PC game of all time, selling over 500,000 units.
Chris was instrumental in Origins growth from a $4 million a year company to nearly $50 million in 1995. His Wing Commander product line has accounted for a significant percentage of Origins revenues over the past five years, and has generated more than $110 million since its creation. To date, Wing Commander III has generated more than $30 million in revenue.
Chris Roberts's first video game work that SPOnG is aware of is the 1988 title, "Times of Lore" (C64) as Lead Programmer.
Chris's most recent involvement was on the 2000 release "N-Gen Racing" (PlayStation).
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