Clayton Kauzlaric joined the game industry in 1992, starting as a production artist at Seattle-area developer Manley & Associates
. There, Kauzlaric worked as a background artist and animator on a number of PC, Mac and console titles, the latter being largely for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and the Sega Genesis. Among these games were Pink (Panther) Goes to Hollywood
(for publisher TecMagic
), My Own Stories (for MECC), as well as interface art and backgrounds for Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure
(although Manley's subcontractor role in the product is largely uncredited).
Kauzlaric went on to Squaresoft, Inc., a Redmond, Washington-based subsidiary of Square Company Limited. Square, Inc. was responsible for localization and marketing of Squaresoft's popular RPG's during the SNES era, but the studio was allowed to build its own product, namely Secret of Evermore
. He continued his work as an artist, creating both backgrounds and character animation for SOE
. After SOE, the Squaresoft, Inc. studio engaged in concept and prototype work for its next title, including a real time strategy title.
Following Squaresoft, Inc.'s closure in 1996, Kauzlaric went on to work for Humongous Entertainment
at their mainstream game development studio, namely Cavedog Entertainment
. Serving as Lead Artist, he worked closely with Ron Gilbert
and Chris Taylor
during Cavedog's formative days, and was closely involved with the creation Chris Taylor's RTS masterpiece, Total Annihilation
and it's expansion pack, Total Annihilation: The Core Contingency
. After Taylor's departure, Kauzlaric remained to lead Cavedog's next title, Total Annihilation: Kingdoms
and it's expansion pack, TA:Kingdoms - The Iron Plague
. Changes to the basic theme and design of TA were not well received by TA's fan base and many critics. In spite of this, the Kingdoms did sell reasonably well, grossing more than its predecessor.
Cavedog was dissolved by Humongous Entertainment in early 2000. Kauzlaric remained for a time but left in May of that year to found Beep Industries
, a first-party developer for Microsoft's Xbox console. Beep's first game, Voodoo Vince
, which was completed in the Fall of 2003. Since that time Beep has completed several downloadable PC games.
- Kinect Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure (2012), Microsoft Studios
- Fusion: Genesis (2011), Microsoft Studios
- DeathSpank (2010), Electronic Arts, Inc.
- DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue (2010), Electronic Arts, Inc.
- Monday Night Combat (2010), Microsoft Game Studios
- Toy Soldiers (2010), Microsoft Game Studios
- South Park: Let's Go Tower Defense Play! (2009), Microsoft Game Studios
- Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance (2007), THQ Inc.
- Zodiac (2006), Oberon Games, Inc.
- Flying Leo (2005), GameHouse, Inc.
- Voodoo Vince (2003), Microsoft Game Studios
- Total Annihilation: Kingdoms - Iron Plague (2000), Atari, Inc.
- Total Annihilation: Kingdoms (1999), Cavedog Entertainment
- Total Annihilation: The Core Contingency (1998), Cavedog Entertainment
- Total Annihilation (1997), GT Interactive Software Europe Ltd.
- Secret of Evermore (1995), Square Soft, Inc.
- Pink Goes to Hollywood (1993), TecMagik Entertainment Ltd.