Star Wars Designer Doug Chiang Joins New Team

by Thomas on Jan. 24, 2002 @ 9:47 p.m. PST

Westwood Studios announced today that Academy Award Winner Doug Chiang, Design Director for Star Wars Episodes I and II has joined the Earth and Beyond Online team as a consultant and will be providing concept art for all of the player space ships in the game. Earth and Beyond Online is Westwood's first massively-multiplayer game and will be published under the EA GAMES brand this summer. Westwood is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Electronic Arts.

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STAR WARS DESIGN DIRECTOR DOUG CHIANG JOINS EARTH AND BEYOND ONLINE TEAM

Artist to design space ships for Westwood's persistent world online game

"We are absolutely thrilled to have an artist of Doug's caliber working on our project," said Craig Alexander, online vice president and executive producer of Earth and Beyond Online. "Doug has done amazing work on the Star Wars movies and we can't wait to show the world what he has in store for Earth and Beyond Online."

Doug Chiang, whose film credits include Back to the Future II, Death Becomes Her, Terminator 2, and Forrest Gump, was the Design Director for Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace, and is currently finishing work on Episode II - Attack of the Clones. Chiang will work with the Earth and Beyond Online team to develop the look of the player ships.

"Working on Earth and Beyond Online is great fun and presents some interesting challenges," Chiang said. "Each of the three Earth and Beyond Online cultures needs to have a distinct style and personality to their ships. The warrior Progen have dangerous-looking, well-armed fighters that need to look intimidating, while the scientific Jenquai are more partial to graceful curves and fluid lines. Meanwhile, the Terran tradesman have large cargo holds for holding loot, but being enthusiastic capitalists at heart, still like to travel in style. I'm having a great time experimenting with these personalities and designs."

Earth and Beyond Online is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game set in a persistent galaxy. The game is set in the future, when star travel is in its earliest stages, and humans are just starting to breach the boundaries of the solar system.

Westwood Studios is currently holding a public stress test for Earth and Beyond Online. Anyone wishing to apply to be a tester should visit www.earthandbeyond.com and fill out an online application.

More information about Earth and Beyond Online, Doug Chiang's work on the project, and the public stress test can be found at www.westwood.ea.com. For more information on Chiang's other projects, visit www.dchiang.com.

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