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Joe Ybarra

Also Known As

  • Joseph Ybarra

Game Credits

Business

Uru: Ages Beyond Myst (2003)   (VP of Production)
 

Production

The Matrix Online (2005)   (Senior Producer)
Uru: To D'ni (2004)   (VP of Production)
Shadowbane (2003)   (Executive Producer)
Blade Force (1995)   (For additional Producer-type work and being the complaint department)
Killing Time (1995)   (Executive Producer)
Alien Legacy (1994)   (Producer)
Ultimate Air Combat (1992)   (Co-produced by)
The Adventures of Rad Gravity (1990)   (Produced by)
Earth Orbit Stations (1987)   (Producer)
Legacy of the Ancients (1987)   (Producer)
Arcticfox (1986)   (Producer)
The Bard's Tale II: The Destiny Knight (1986)   (Producer)
Starflight (1986)   (Producer)
Heart of Africa (1985)   (Producer)
Tales of the Unknown: Volume I - The Bard's Tale (1985)   (Producer)
Archon II: Adept (1984)   (Producer)
The Seven Cities of Gold (1984)   (Producer)
M.U.L.E. (1983)   (Producer)
One-on-One (1983)   (Producer)
 

Design

Fates of Twinion (1993)   (Created By)
Shadow of Yserbius (1993)   (Design & Developed by)
SpellCraft: Aspects of Valor (1992)   (Lead Design)
 

Quality Assurance

Spider-Man: Web of Shadows - Amazing Allies Edition (2008)   (QA Testers)
Age of Empires II: The Conquerors (2000)   (Quality Assurance & Playtesting)
 

Thanks

Uru: Ages Beyond Myst (2003)   (Ubisoft )
Age of Mythology (2002)   (Special Thanks To (friends and families))
Mortal Coil: Adrenalin Intelligence (1995)   (Thanks for Design Input to)
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Echoes from the Past (1994)   (Special Thanks)
Shanghai II: Dragon's Eye (1990)   (Special Thanks To)
The Magic Candle: Volume 1 (1989)   (Special Thanks to)
 


Developer Biography

Joe’s career started at Apple Computer in 1980, and has held senior positions at Electronic Arts, Mediagenic/Activision, Ybarra Productions, Creative Insights, The 3DO Company, Ensemble Studios, Ubisoft Entertainment, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment..

After meeting Trip Hawkins (who Joe wasn't aware was his co-worker at Apple), Joe joined Electronic Arts as their first producer and was later promoted to Vice President, Interactive Stories . At that time, the concept of a video game "producer" directing a game developer as a music producer directs a recording artist was new to the video game industry. Joe Ybarra's methods for game production were adopted by EA and are still used today.

While at EA, Joe produced several acclaimed games such as: M.U.L.E., Larry Bird and Michael Jordan go One on One, The Bard's Tale, Starflight, and John Madden Football .

Some of his titles, such as Bards Tale, M.U.L.E., Starflight and Wasteland have been elected to Computer Gaming World's Hall of Fame.

Julius Erving and Larry Bird Go One-on-One were in second place on Billboard's software best-seller chart throughout its two-year life span and The Shadow of Yserbius was awarded on-line game of the year in 1993 by Computer Gaming World.

Joe Ybarra has since produced over 50 computer and videogame titles such as: Seven Cities of Gold, Wasteland, Bard's Tale 2, & 3, Legacy of the Ancients, Heart of Africa, Arctic Fox, Archon, Rad Gravity (Nintendo), The Shadow of Yserbius, Fates of Twinion, Alien Legacy, Meridian 59 , Zork Zero, Ghostbusters II, F-14 Eagle Flight Simulator, Deathtrack, Cosmic Osmo, Mechwarrior, Might & Magic, High Heat Baseball, and Army Men.

Joe has produced three MMO titles, Shadow of Yserbius (1993 online game of the year, Computer Gaming World), The Matrix Online and Stargate Worlds.

Joe Ybarra has recently held the program chair position for the game design department of Collins College in Phoenix, AZ.

Last updated: Apr 19, 2012