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Jon Knoles

Also Known As

  • John Knoles

Game Credits

Business

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)   (Management)
Escape from Monkey Island (2000)   (Administrative Services)
 

Production

Zombie Apocalypse (2009)   (Directors)
Star Wars: Bounty Hunter (2002)   (Director)
Star Wars: Episode I - Racer (1999)   (Project Leaders)
Star Wars: Episode I - Racer (1999)   (Project Leaders)
Faceball 2000 (1991)   (Assistant Producer)
 

Design

Forza Motorsport 5 (2013)   (Design Director)
Forza Horizon (2012)   (Design Director)
Kinect Adventures! (2010)   (Design Lead)
Evil Dead: Regeneration (2005)   (Game Designers)
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)   (Additional Design)
Star Wars: Bounty Hunter (2002)   (Designer)
Star Wars: Episode I - Racer (1999)   (Course Designers)
Star Wars: Episode I - Racer (1999)   (Course Designers)
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)   (Additional Podracer Models)
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (1996)   (Game Designer)
Star Wars: X-Wing (Collector's CD-ROM) (1994)   (Mission and Story Design)
Star Wars: X-Wing (1993)   (Mission Design)
 

Art/Graphics

Forza Motorsport 4 (2011)   (Additional Artists)
Star Wars: Episode I - Racer (1999)   (3D Artists)
Star Wars: Episode I - Racer (1999)   (Real-Time 3D Artists/Animators)
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)   (Additional Podracer Models)
Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II (1997)   (3D Simulation)
Star Wars: Masters of Teräs Käsi (1997)   (Additional Art & Animation)
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (1996)   (Lead Animator)
Star Wars: Dark Forces (1995)   (2D Cut Scenes)
Star Wars: Rebel Assault II - The Hidden Empire (1995)   (Graphics / Artwork)
Indiana Jones' Greatest Adventures (1994)   (Graphics)
Star Wars: TIE Fighter (1994)   (Cutscene Artwork)
Star Wars: TIE Fighter (Demo Version) (1994)   (Artwork by)
Star Wars: X-Wing (Collector's CD-ROM) (1994)   (Background Artwork)
Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1994)   (Original Animation)
Star Wars: Rebel Assault (1993)   (Additional Art)
Star Wars: X-Wing (1993)   (Background Artwork)
Star Wars: X-Wing - B-Wing (1993)   (Background Art by)
Star Wars: X-Wing - Imperial Pursuit (1993)   (Background Artwork)
Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1993)   (Animation Supervisor)
Defenders of Dynatron City (1992)   (Animation by)
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1992)   (Background Art [LucasArts])
Super Star Wars (1992)   (Animation Supervision by)
Star Wars (1991)   (Background Art)
 

Video/Cinematics

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (1996)   (Cutscene Artwork)
Star Wars: TIE Fighter (Collector's CD-ROM) (1995)   (Cut Scenes)
Star Wars: TIE Fighter - Defender of the Empire (1994)   (Cut Scenes)
 

Creative Services

Evil Dead: Regeneration (2005)   (Instruction Manual)
Star Wars: Dark Forces (1995)   (Package Cover Art (back))
Star Wars: TIE Fighter (Collector's CD-ROM) (1995)   (Package Design)
Star Wars: TIE Fighter (1994)   (Package Design)
Star Wars: TIE Fighter - Defender of the Empire (1994)   (Package Design)
 

Support

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)   (Additional Design, Development and Manangement)
Full Throttle (1995)   (Artistic Support)
 

Thanks

Star Wars: Republic Commando (2005)   (Special Thanks)
Star Wars: Battlefront (2004)   (Special Thanks)
Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb (2003)   (Special Thanks)
Star Wars: Racer Revenge (2002)   (Special Thanks)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2002)   (Special Thanks)
Star Wars: Episode I - The Gungan Frontier (1999)   (Thanks to)
Outlaws (1997)   (Special Thanks To)
NeoHunter (1996)   (Special Thanks:)
Star Wars: Rebel Assault (1993)   (Special Thanks)
 

Other

Forza Horizon (2012)   (Turn 10 Studios is)
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)   (Development)
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II - Rogue Leader (2001)   (Administrative Services)
Star Wars: Episode I - Racer (1999)   (LucasArts Entertainment, LLC)
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (1996)   (Industrial Light and Magic)
 


Developer Biography

Jon graduated from The Art Institute of Seattle in 1989, soon finding work in the game industry at Taito Software Inc. as an artist on Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Action Game (NES), which Taito was developing for George Lucas' game company, then known as Lucasfilm Games.

In 1990, Lucasfilm Games hired Jon as an artist to join their console game group located on Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, CA. The group outgrew the ranch and moved to facilities in nearby San Rafael to join the rest of what became LucasArts Entertainment Company.

Jon spent the next 14 years with LucasArts, shipping over 20 titles on PC and consoles in roles ranging from Artist/Animator to Project Leader and Director. Highlights include the Super Star Wars trilogy for SNES, the X-Wing and TIE Fighter series (PC), Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire and Star Wars: Episode I - Racer (N64, PC), Star Wars: Bounty Hunter (PS2, NCG) and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (PS2, Xbox).

From 2004 to 2008, Jon was Creative Director at Sandblast Games, a THQ studio in Kirkland, Washington (formerly known as Cranky Pants Games).

From 2008-2010, Jon served as studio Design Director at Nihilistic Software in Novato, California.

Currently, Jon is Lead Designer at Microsoft Game Studios in Redmond, Washington

Last updated: Apr 30, 2010