Joss Ellis

aka: Jocelyn Ellis
Moby ID: 2647

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Joss Ellis worked at Thorn EMI in 1982, which later became Creative Sparks, for 2 years and had 2 games published Mediaeval Joust (VIC-20) and Wing Commander (C64).

He then worked in a partnership with Gary Yorke and wrote Brian Jack's Superstar Challenge for the C64.

He was a producer at Firebird Software from 1984 for all the non-BBC versions of Elite, The Sentinel, REVS, Thrust... and a ton of other things.

In 1987, he became the first European employee at Electronic Arts, and ended up as Director of European Development where he spearheaded all the the Bullfrog titles, kicked off the first FIFA football game, as well as Rugby, The Darkening, Space Hulk and many more. As a member of EA’s European board of directors, Ellis was directly involved in the planning and execution of EA Europe's growth strategies. Ellis also worked on porting key U.S. titles to European platforms and was integral in the production of EA’s first European line-up of products.

He worked at Virgin Interactive Entertainment from 1997 as Vice President of International Development.

Between 2001 and 2005, he was Chief Operating Officer and Development Director at Argonaut Games.

In September 2006, he became Head of Studios at Nival, Inc. based in Moscow, Russia. There, he oversees the Russian studios, helps the company’s developers and artists understand the worldwide games market more thoroughly and bridges communications between the U.S. and Russia.

On 28th July 2008 it was announced he had joined Tantalus as Director of Development.

Credited on 62 games

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LEGO 2K Drive (2023, Nintendo Switch) Director of Development
Age of Empires IV (2021, Windows) Director of Development
Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition (2020, Windows) Executive Producer
Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition (2019, Windows) Director of Development
Jupiter & Mars (2019, PlayStation 4) Executive Producer
The Bard's Tale Trilogy (2018, Windows) Package Copy
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition (2018, Windows Apps) Director of Development
Sonic Mania (2017, Windows) Producer
Cities: Skylines - PlayStation 4 Edition (2017, PlayStation 4) Director of Development
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (2016, Wii U) Project Management
ZombiU (2015, Windows) Director of Development
Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut (2013, Wii U) Director of Development
Ben 10: Galactic Racing (2011, Nintendo DS) Designers
Megamind: The Blue Defender (2010, Nintendo DS) Director of Development
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010, Nintendo DS) Director of Development
Drift Street International (2010, Nintendo DSi) Director Of Development
MX vs ATV Reflex (2009, Nintendo DS) Director of Development
Disney•Pixar Cars: Race-O-Rama (2009, Nintendo DS) Director of Development
Heat Shield (2009, iPhone) Producer
Frontline: Fields of Thunder (2007, Windows) Studios Manager

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