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Eric Chahi at the 2011 Utopiales
|Occupation||Video game designer|
|Known for||Future Wars|
Heart of Darkness
Éric Chahi (born October 21, 1967) is a French computer game designer and programmer best known as the creator of Another World (also known as Out of This World in North America) and Heart of Darkness.
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. Then, over a period of two years, Chahi developed Another World (released in 1991) entirely on his own, from the story to the box artwork, only soliciting help for the music score; later that game received much critical acclaim for its atmosphere and minimalism, and went on to be considered as a cult classic.
After leaving Delphine, Chahi founded Amazing Studio and became one of several designers that were working there on Heart of Darkness, an initially ambitious side-scrolling game. It suffered numerous delays, and was in development for six 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 making games with Ubisoft in the 2010s. In April 2005 he released a free Game Boy 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 or emulator.
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. This HD version was ported to Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, 3DS and Wii U in June 2014 as a 20th anniversary edition.
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 and later was released for the Chrome web browser.
In December 2012, his game Another World was added to collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art. 
In 2016, he created the indie video game studio Pixel Reef in Montpellier, France to work on a new title Paper Beast, a title set to be released on PlayStation VR in 2019 and PlayStation 4 in 2020. This project came out of the work he did for the Réunion Volcano Museum while studying the island's Piton de la Fournaise volcano for these simulations, working alongside programmer François Sahy. During their work, the volcano erupted, which they were able to eyewitness directly, giving them many more details for their simulation. When the project was completed, Chahi developed ideas around the volcano work for a virtual reality game, where the landscape and creatures within it, represented by origami-like forms purported created out of the landscape of Big Data, with procedural behavior. Chahi started Pixel Reef, along with Sahy and two others after the museum project was finished to work on this game, and as of 2019, the team now numbers 16. The game was shown off with a trailer in the December 10, 2019 State of Play and features gameplay where the player is able to interact and manipulate the environment and game world, such as by picking up, placing, or attaching objects to one another. It was confirmed to be coming Q1 2020.
- 1983 Frog (Oric 1; ASN diffusion)
- 1983 Carnaval (Oric 1; ASN diffusion)
- 1984 Le Sceptre d’Anubis (Oric 1; Micro Programmes 5)
- 1984 Doggy (Oric 1; Loriciels)
- 1985 Infernal Runner (Amstrad CPC; Loriciels)
- 1986 Le Pacte (Loriciels)
- 1987 Danger Street (Amstrad CPC; Chip)
- 1988 Journey to the Center of the Earth
- 1989 Joan of Arc: Siege and the Sword
- 1989 Future Wars (original French title: Les voyageurs du temps, Interplay)
- 1991 Another World (title in North America: Out of this World, Interplay)
- 1998 Heart of Darkness (Interplay)
- 2004 Amiga Classix 4 (Magnussoft)
- 2011 From Dust (Ubisoft)
- 2020 Paper Beast
- Premiere 2007 p. 117 "Quinze ans plus tard, Éric Chahi revient sur son projet, devenu, avec le temps, une référence."
- Hickman, Sam (June 1996). "One Man and His Dog". Sega Saturn Magazine (8). Emap International Limited. pp. 36–42.
- Freeman, Will (January 25, 2012). "Inside Ubisoft Montpellier: A Ray of light". develop-online.net. Retrieved February 6, 2012.
It was at Ubisoft Montpellier that [...] where Another World creator Eric Chahi chose to step out from several years in the development wilderness to create From Dust.
- "Beat the heat with Summer of Arcade". Microsoft. Retrieved 2011-07-20.
- Luke Plunkett. "Another World Creator Back With A New Game: Project Dust". Kotaku.
- Plunkett, Luke (April 10, 2019). "Another World Creator Éric Chahi Is Back With A PS4 VR Game". Kotaku. Retrieved April 10, 2019.
- PlayStation Europe (December 10, 2019). "State of Play | 10th December 2019". YouTube. Retrieved December 10, 2019.
- "Ubisoft E3 2010 Press Conference". Ubisoft E3 2010. 2010-06-14. Retrieved 2010-06-14.
- "From Dust". Facebook. Retrieved 2012-01-31.
- "'From Dust' Tech Demo is Phenomenal".
- Peter Moors - Music and Game: Perspectives on a Popular Alliance 2013 p129 ISBN 3531189131 "... at least in this respect, be compared to other 'sandbox' titles such as Peter Molyneux's Black & White (2001) and Éric Chahi's From Dust (2011)."
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Éric Chahi.|
- Éric Chahi's personal site, where he released the updated PC version of Another World
- Rap sheet for Éric Chahi on MobyGames
- Idle Thumbs interviews Chahi about Another World, 27.8.2004
- Éric Chahi Interview about Out of This World - Webarchive mirror
- Éric Chahi Interview (in French) on Grospixels.com 25.7.2003, 17.11.2003
- Edge Magazine online interviews Chahi
- Éric Chahi Interview about Time travellers, Another world and Heart of darkness (in French) on factornews, 13.04.2006