Jon Knoles

aka: John Knoles, Jon Knolen
Moby ID: 1140

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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

Credited on 58 games

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Forza Motorsport (2023, Windows) Design Directors
Forza Horizon 5 (2021, Windows) Turn 10 Is
Forza Horizon 4 (2018, Xbox One) Design Director
Forza Street (2018, Windows Apps) Turn 10 is
Forza Motorsport 7 (2017, Xbox One) Design Director
Full Throttle: Remastered (2017, Windows) Artistic Support
Forza Horizon 3 (2016, Xbox One) Design Director
Forza Motorsport 6: Apex (2016, Windows Apps) Design
Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious (2015, Xbox One) Design Director
Forza Horizon 2 (2014, Xbox One) Design Director
Forza Motorsport 5 (2013, Xbox One) Design Director
Forza Horizon (2012, Xbox 360) Design Director
Forza Motorsport 4 (2011, Xbox 360) Additional Artists
PlayStation Move Heroes (2011, PlayStation 3) Special Thanks
Kinect Adventures! (2010, Xbox 360) Design Lead
Zombie Apocalypse (2009, Xbox 360) Directors
Destroy All Humans! Path of the Furon (2008, Xbox 360) Creative Director
Destroy All Humans! Big Willy Unleashed (2008, Wii) Special Thanks
Evil Dead: Regeneration (2005, Windows) Game Designers
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005, Xbox) Additional Design, Development and Management

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