Eric Chahi - Career


Éric Chahi started programming on Oric Atmos and Amstrad during 1983 for the company Loriciels. He then utilized his talents on platforms such as Atari ST and Amiga with games such as Jeanne d'Arc and Voyage au centre de la Terre published by Chip. In 1989 Éric Chahi quit Chip to join Delphine Software International to work on the graphics for Future Wars, a game designed by Paul Cuisset. Chahi then developed Another World (released in 1991) almost entirely on his own, from the story to the box cover; later it received much critical acclaim for its atmosphere and minimalism.

Flashback: The Quest for Identity, another game made at Delphine Software, is often mistaken to be a sequel to Another World. Although there are some similarities, Chahi had no involvement in its production and there is no relation between the games.

After leaving Delphine, Chahi founded Amazing Studio and became one of several designers that were working there on Heart of Darkness, which is an initially ambitious side-scrolling game. It suffered numerous delays, being in development for anywhere from five to seven years. When Infogrames finally published it in 1998, it was moderately received by critics due to short length and by-then dated graphical resolution, though the graphics of the PlayStation port were praised.

Chahi disappeared from the game industry for some years, but returned to games making with Ubisoft in the 2010s. In April 2005 he released a free GameBoy Advance version of Another World. It was created in collaboration with a programmer named Cyril Cogordan, who originally started it as a fan project. It can be played by using a GBA flash cartridge.

A version of Another World for mobile phones was made with the help of developer Magic Productions and commercially released in 2005. On April 14, 2006, Chahi and Magic Productions released an updated PC version of Another World. It features higher resolution graphics and runs on modern versions of Windows.

On June 14, 2010, a trailer for Chahi's new game, named From Dust was shown at E3 2010. The game was released on July 27, 2011 on Xbox Live Arcade as part of the 2011 Summer of Arcade, is described as a mix between Populous and Black and White. It was also released on the PC later on August 17, 2011. The game received generally favorable reviews, with a Metacritic score of 80 on the Xbox 360.

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