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Ed Fries

Also Known As

  • Eddy Fries

Game Credits


Age of Empires: Definitive Edition (2018)   (General Manager)
Rise of Nations: Extended Edition (2017)   (MGS Vice President)
Voodoo Vince: Remastered (2017)   (Vice President)
Murdered: Soul Suspect (2014)   (Co-owner, Airtight Games)
Soul Fjord (2014)   (Airtight Studio Leads)
Quantum Conundrum (2012)   (Airtight BigWigs)
Dark Void (2010)   (Co-Founder)
Rise of Nations: Gold Edition (2004)   (MGS Vice President)
Grabbed by the Ghoulies (2003)   (Management)
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight (2003)   (Vice President of Game Publishing)
Tao Feng: Fist of the Lotus (2003)   (Management)
Voodoo Vince (2003)   (Management)
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 (2001)   (Entertainment Business Unit Vice President)
Microsoft Train Simulator (2001)   (Vice President of Games Publishing)
Microsoft Classic Board Games (2000)   (Vice President of Games Publishing (MS))
Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 2: WW II Pacific... (2000)   (Business Unit Manager)
Asheron's Call (1999)   (Management)
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000 (1999)   (Business Unit Manager)
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000: Professional Edition (1999)   (Business Unit Manager)
Microsoft Pandora's Box (1999)   (Management)
Midtown Madness (1999)   (General Manager)
Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator: WWII Europe Series (1998)   (Chief Executive Officer)
Microsoft Pinball Arcade (1998)   (Business Unit Manager)
Monster Truck Madness 2 (1998)   (Business Unit General Manager)
Age of Empires (1997)   (General Manager)


Phantom Dust (2004)   (Supervisors)
Magatama (2003)   (Supervisors (スーパーバイザー))
[email protected]: Natural Ultimate Digital Experiment (2003)   (Supervisor)
Blinx: The Time Sweeper (2002)   (Executive Producers)
Kakuto Chojin: Back Alley Brutal (2002)   (Executive Producer)
Sneakers (2002)   (Supervisors)


Halo 2600 (2010)   (Programming)
Anteater (1983)   (By)
Sea Chase (1983)   (By)
Princess and Frog (1982)   (By)


Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration (2022)   (Starring)


Monster Truck Madness 64 (1999)   (Microsoft Support)


Wallace & Gromit: Big Fix Up (2021)   (Misc.)
Tumblestone (2016)   (Thanks and High Fives)
République (2015)   (Special Thanks)
Fable: Anniversary (2014)   (Special Thanks)
Halo: The Master Chief Collection (2014)   (Thanks)
République: Episode 2 - Metamorphosis (2014)   (Special Thanks)
République: Episode 3 - Ones and Zeroes (2014)   (Special Thanks)
Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee (2010)   (Special Thanks)
Order Up! (2008)   (Green Screen Thanks)
Supreme Commander (2007)   (Microsoft)
Dead or Alive 4 (2005)   (Special Thanks)
Fable: The Lost Chapters (2005)   (Special Thanks )
Psychonauts (2005)   (Very Special Thanks)
Blinx 2: Masters of Time & Space (2004)   (Special Thanks)
Breakdown (2004)   (Special Thanks)
Fable (2004)   (Special Thanks)
Halo 2 (2004)   (Special Thanks)
RalliSport Challenge 2 (2004)   (Special Thanks)
Rise of Nations: Thrones & Patriots (2004)   (Special Thanks)
Amped 2 (2003)   (Special Thanks)
Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge (2003)   (Special Thanks)
Midtown Madness 3 (2003)   (Special Thanks)
NFL Fever 2004 (2003)   (Special Thanks)
NHL Rivals 2004 (2003)   (Special Thanks)
Project Gotham Racing 2 (2003)   (Special Thanks)
Asheron's Call 2: Fallen Kings (2002)   (Special Thanks)
Cel Damage (2002)   (Special Thanks)
Dungeon Siege (2002)   (Special Thanks To)
Quantum Redshift (2002)   (Special Thanks)
Sneakers (2002)   (Microsoft US Special Thanks)
Conquest: Frontier Wars (2001)   (The Conquest Team would like to thank)
Halo: Combat Evolved (2001)   (Everyone)
Allegiance (2000)   (Special Thanks To)
Asheron's Call (1999)   (Special Thanks from Turbine to)


Dark Void (2010)   (Co-founder, Airtight Games)
RalliSport Challenge (2002)   (The Man)
Motocross Madness 2 (2000)   (Leadership, Love, Tales of Misguided Youth)

Developer Biography

Ed Fries joined Microsoft in 1985, as an intern in the Applications group, responsible for upgrading a system used to create and display online tutorials.

In 1995, Fries joined Microsoft Game Studios and began developing publishing relationships with game developers including Ensemble Studios, BioWare, Gas Powered Games, FASA Studios, Relic Entertainment, Lionhead Studios, Bizarre Creations, Big Huge Games and Rare Ltd.

Under Ed's tutelage, MGS has produced game franchises for both the Xbox and Games for Windows platforms, including Flight Simulator, Combat Flight Simulator, Age of Empires, Rise of Nations, Zoo Tycoon, Halo, MechAssault, Crimson Skies and Project Gotham Racing.

In the early days of Xbox, Ed was instrumental in locking down support from third-party developers, and in the process producing a robust game library. He also orchestrated the acquisition of Bungie Studios, Ensemble Studios, and Rare Ltd.

In January 2004, Ed Fries left the company and Shane Kim took his place. Fries consulted with the start-up company FireAnt, Inc. founded by two other ex-Microsoft employees. When the studio was acquired by Sony Online Entertainment and turned into the SOE Seattle Division, he joined Sony as executive producer of the new office.

Last updated: Aug 11, 2009

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