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Joe Waters

Also Known As

  • Joe Waters Jr.

Game Credits


F.E.A.R.: First Encounter Assault Recon (Director... (2005)   (Additional Monolith Development)
BFRIS Zero Gravity Fighter Combat (1999)   (Project Lead)


ABM Command: DEFense CONdition 1 (2009)   (Game Design)


Battleborn (2016)   (ATG Engineering Support)
Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration (2016)   (Senior Software Engineer Leads)
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2015)   (Senior Software Engineering Lead)
Halo 4 (2012)   (Sandbox Engineering)
ABM Command: DEFense CONdition 1 (2009)   (Programming)
F.E.A.R.: Perseus Mandate (2007)   (Engineering Assistance)
Shadowrun (2007)   (Effects Lead)
F.E.A.R.: Extraction Point (2006)   (Additional Development - Monolith)
Condemned: Criminal Origins (2005)   (Lead Engineer)
F.E.A.R.: First Encounter Assault Recon (2005)   (Engineering assistance)
Half-Life: Counter-Strike (2003)   (Programming)
Star Trek: Elite Force II (2003)   (Software Engineer)
Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Game of the Year (2002)   (Technical Director)
Return to Castle Wolfenstein (2001)   (Technical Director)
American McGee's Alice (2000)   (Programming)


Halo: Reach (2010)   (Graphics Engineer)
ABM Command: DEFense CONdition 1 (2009)   (Primary Art)
Shadowrun (2007)   (Special Effects Lead)


ABM Command: DEFense CONdition 1 (2009)   (Audio)


Halo 5: Forge (2016)   (Special Thanks)
NBA 2K17 (2016)   (Special Thanks)
Halo 5: Guardians (2015)   (Special Thanks)
NBA 2K16 (2015)   (Special Thanks)
NBA 2K15 (2014)   (Special Thanks)
Fat Princess (2009)   (Special Thanks)


Defense Grid: The Awakening (2008)   (Hidden Path Entertainment is)


F.E.A.R.: First Encounter Assault Recon (2005)   (Additional Monolith Development)
Counter-Strike: Condition Zero (2004)   (Ritual Entertainment)

Developer Biography

Joe Waters was involved with professional game development since 1996. For his last position he resided as a senior engineer at 343 Industries, a division of Microsoft Game Studios, working on projects set in the Halo universe, until he passed away on 22nd December 2015.

For the year before ship, Joe was loaned out from 343 Industries to help Bungie LLC with graphics and effects technology for Halo: Reach. Prior to that, he was at Hidden Path Entertainment as Lead Engineer on an unannounced AAA title. Earlier, he worked at FASA Studio as Lead Effects Developer on Shadowrun from 2005 until the studio was shut down in August 2007, and as Lead Engineer on the Xbox 360 launch title Condemned: Criminal Origins before that. His earlier years in game development include a series of independent studios (Rogue Entertainment, Nerve Software, and Ritual Entertainment) in Dallas, TX.

His interests outside of video games included fire, soccer, explosions, his dog Spike, and bacon.

Last updated: Sep 23, 2016