SOURCE: Blue Fang Games

Blue Fang Games

June 08, 2009 08:30 ET

Blue Fang Games Announces Alex Chouls as Creative Director

Accomplished Artist Responsible for Setting the Studio's Creative Direction

WALTHAM, MA--(Marketwire - June 8, 2009) - Blue Fang Games™, (www.bluefang.com) developer of World of Zoo™ today announced Alex Chouls as the studio's Creative Director. His first game in the role of Creative Director is the recently announced World of Zoo, which was just unveiled at the E3 Expo 2009 and is scheduled for release by THQ Inc. for Holiday 2009.

Chouls is responsible for setting the creative direction for all Blue Fang products. As Creative Director, Chouls leads the effort to identify and select future development projects by creating initial treatments for potential games. Through the prototype and pre-production phases he works closely with all disciplines to shape the overall game design and artistic approach. Throughout production Chouls provides constant input to the team to ensure the final experience delivers on the core vision at the highest level of quality.

"To me, what is so unique about Alex is that he is a supremely talented and accomplished artist, can himself program when necessary, and above all has game design intuition and vision that is the equal of any in the industry today," said Hank Howie, president of Blue Fang Games. "It is a rare combination of skills resident in a single individual and we are extremely fortunate to have Alex as our Creative Director."

Chouls brings over a decade of experience in creative art and game development experience. Prior to his role as Creative Director, he served as Technical Art Director at Blue Fang where he collaborated with all internal departments to develop interactive prototypes to inform the design and production of Blue Fang's games. Chouls entered the game industry as a 3D Artist with Looking-Glass Studios where he worked on Jane's Attack Squadron and Flight Unlimited III. He later joined Blue Fang as a Graphic Artist and his artistic talents and vision quickly earned him promotions to Lead Artist and Technical Art Director.

In addition to his work within the games industry, Chouls also worked as a freelance modelmaker for Olive Jar Animation Studio, working on projects for companies including IMAX and Citibank. He has also scripted, shot and edited numerous short films as well as worked as a storyboard artist and Cinematographer. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts - Film from Emerson College in Boston, MA.

"I am extremely excited to serve as Creative Director as Blue Fang expands the boundaries of interactive entertainment," said Alex Chouls, Creative Director of Blue Fang Games. "This studio has assembled a unique combination of expertise, talent, technology and vision that enables us to deliver gaming experiences unlike any other studio. I am eager for our current project, World of Zoo, to be released this Fall and I look forward to building and expanding on this work in future products."

About Blue Fang Games

Blue Fang Games is an independent game developer dedicated to pushing the boundaries of interactive entertainment to deliver original and engaging experiences that stand out from the noise on the shelves. Blue Fang's Zoo Tycoon™ franchise has sold over 8 million units worldwide and the studio is now developing World of Zoo which will be released by THQ, Inc this Fall on the Nintendo Wii™ and DS™ and Windows® PC platforms. Founded in 1998, Blue Fang Games is located in Waltham, MA. For more information visit Blue Fang Games on the web at www.bluefang.com.

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