About Me

Nathan Cheever

Lead Designer for Immersive Games

Vivid, deep worlds that resonate with players has been my long-time passion. Inspire them to explore far reaches. Charm them with stories, systems, and meta! I oversee the layout, integrity, and diversity of gameworlds by helping shape the game’s vision into a living sandbox. Art, Gameplay, Features, and Technical needs are all considered and supported. You’ll find me actively defining and communicating the foundation (world bible), construction (world building), and system interaction (world logic) to create a lasting experience.


  • Over 20 years of experience developing AAA console and PC games
  • 18 titles, 9 released, 7 engines, 7 platforms, 12 teams, 4 cross co-dev
  • Strong layout, staging, and composition skills for non-linear experiences
  • Team Lead and Management with creating immersive worlds
  • Experience with methods for systemic and emergent gameplay
  • A persistent drive for efficient pipelines to harbor creativity and scope
  • Well-versed in all phases and stages of production


  • Lead the creation of inspiring dynamic spaces to host a variety of Quests
  • Champion fluid layouts with rewarding exploration and landmarks
  • Create believable ecosystems, biomes, culture, and ambiance
  • Consult with the Creative Director to maintain the project’s vision
  • Collaborate with the Art Director to ensure consistent styles
  • Collaborate with the Design Director to ensure the game experience
  • Assist Producers to plan achievable goals and checkpoints
  • Mentor Content groups to meld metrics, visual language, and identity
  • Research, formalize, and share info relevant to world development
  • Seek player trends and interests to maintain a curious and captivating world
  • Proactive seeding Narrative hooks in the world for future storytelling
  • A desire for multiplatform storytelling and social media campaigns


Principal World Designer
Lightspeed LA

New Title ● Principal World Designer
February 2021 – present

Sandboxing a new world!


Principal Level Designer
Singularity 6

New Title ● Principal Level Designer
February 2020 – February 2021

Sandboxing a new MMO fantasy adventure, mixing Stardew Valley features with Zelda: Breath of the Wild visuals.

    • Created a new home region
    • Created the first of many adventure regions
    • Helped establish foundational metrics


Lead World Designer
Cloud Chamber (2K Games)

Bioshock 4 ● Lead World Designer
September 2017 – November 2019

Sandboxing a new world for the Bioshock franchise.

    • Managed a strike team to prototype new sandbox environments
    • Contributed to preliminary open world components
    • Helped establish foundational content and production methods


Lead World Designer
Hangar 13 (2K Games)

MAFIA III ● Lead World Designer
April 2013 – September 2017

Developed a dynamic open world experience in a new version of New Orleans with familiar landmarks, and unique points-of-interest. Roads and pathways lure you to criminal operations churning in the urban underbelly of 1968 social unrest. Visit the different neighborhoods, places, people, and southern Bayou!

    • Designed and directed the city layout
    • 10 districts themes with variable pathways
    • Co-created initial narratives for each district
    • Directed and contributed to 500+ interiors
    • Directed and contributed to the Bayou
    • Contributed and supervised city name-branding
    • Mediated issues with narrative and ecosystem designs
    • Maintained region diversity across teams
    • Audited then initiated toolset makeover


Lead Level Designer
Human Head Studios

PROJECT PO ● Lead World Designer
October 2012 – April 2013

Vast open-world urban environment set in a famous European city around the turn-of-the-century.

DEFIANCE ● World Environment Artist
August 2012 – October 2012

Collaborated with Trion Worlds to shape large outdoor environments, landmarks, and routes to events for the MMO.

BIOSHOCK INFINITE ● Multiplayer Designer
May 2012 – August 2012

Collaborated with Irrational Games to support, design, and build multiplayer environments. Managed three-man strike team remotely. (Multiplayer feature cancelled.)

PREY 2 ● Lead Level Designer
October 2009 – November 2011

Designed and created compelling game locales with incentives to revisit them. Ensured world continuity and believability within project needs. Maintained asset integrity and performance across all levels. Provided agile team management and adaptive schedules to help 55+ team realize their vision!

Directed and designed new toolsets for managing massive content. Improved pipelines for confident team sharing. Resolved conflicts before they impacted the project. Always seeking ways to remove technical hurdles and increase team creativity!

Always considering the User Experience and Player Investment with constant competitive product evaluation for future trends and expectations. Took the initiative to design the In-Game and Front End Menus. Co-Managed the UI Dept.


Lead Campaign Designer
Destineer Studios / Atomic Games

SIX DAYS IN FALLUJAH ● Lead Campaign Designer
August 2007 – August 2009

Designed game progression (story, mission, enemy, weapons, and gameplay types) with meaningful, intuitive, and escalating content encompassing real-world events.

Directed, mentored, and assisted other designers with level production. Simultaneously managed multiple goals and teams across multiple studios. Assisted and created design department schedules. Helped guide 75+ team to implement short and long-term scenarios. Endeavored to provide a positive work place with open communication.

Re-directed core tools suite, game scripting features, and mission management, improving production quality and creativity.

*Project delayed indefinitely (controversial topic lost funding)

AUTHENTIC ESPIONAGE THRILLER ● Lead Designer (unannounced)
February 2007 – April 2008

Design consultant for Six Days in Fallujah to simplify and focus project efforts. Interfaced with CIA to adhere to realistic techniques. Researched and maintained unique vision against competitive products.

Prototyped new tactical gameplay mechanics using level creation and scripting. Helped create new destructible prefab content and pipeline. Collaborated with management to improve team unity.

*Studio re-branded to Atomic Games on March 8, 2009.


Level Designer
Propaganda Games

TUROK ● Asst. Lead Level Designer
December 2005 – January 2007

Crafted high moment-to-moment gameplay, encounters, and puzzles. Designed, modeled, and maintain inspiring and memorable levels. Scripted AI, missions, and interaction events. Acted as liaison between leads and design team for quality and efficiency.


Senior Designer
Surreal Software

THE SUFFERING: Ties That Bind ● Senior Designer
April 2004 – September 2005

THE SUFFERING ● Senior Designer
July 2002 – March 2004

Created bloodcurdling gameplay, horrific encounters, and formidable puzzles. Designed, modeled, and maintain inspiring and memorable levels. Scripted AI, missions, and interactive events. Responsible for environment lighting and gameplay mood.

Mentored new employees in company-specific technology. Designed new toolsets for improving quality and productivity. Streamlined asset databases for performance. Created layout guidelines for environmental artists.


Level Designer / Lead Multiplayer Designer
Monolith Productions

NO ONE LIVES FOREVER 2 ● Lead Multiplayer Designer
December 2001 – June 2002

Designed a 4-player CO-OP multiplayer mode after prototyping a separate competitive teamplay mode. Amplified single-player encounters with layout and mission scripting. Responsible for environment lighting and gameplay mood.

ALIENS VS. PREDATOR 2 ● Level Designer
November 1999 – November 2001

Created tense gameplay, chilling encounters, and rewarding puzzles. Designed, modeled, and maintain inspiring and memorable levels. Scripted AI, missions, and interactive events. Responsible for environment lighting and gameplay mood. Contributed to prop models and environment textures. Spearheaded post-release programming support for public modding.

GDC 2002

» Aliens vs. Predator 2 postmortem presentation.
» Lithtech technologies presentation.

E3 2002

» Lithtech technologies presentation (with Tron 2.0).


Lead World Designer
Sierra On-Line

MIDDLE EARTH ONLINE ● Lead World Designer
(aka LORD OF THE RINGS ONLINE version 1)
July 1999 – September 1999

Prototyped ways for populating vast landscapes and towns. Integrated world art and building construction sets with existing pieces. Worked with programming to develop flexible, user-friendly flexible tools.

*Project Canceled (marketing trends overshadowed innovation)


Designer, Animator, Modeler
Heuristic Park, Inc.

UNREAL 2 ● Character Artist
UNREAL 1: Return to Na Pali ● Character Artist
July 1998 – June 1999

Collaborated with Legend Entertainment providing character models, textures, and animation.

June 1996 – June 1998

Designed, modeled, and maintained inspiring and memorable levels. Assisted in designing gameplay, encounters, and puzzle events. Responsible for environment lighting and gameplay mood. Animated, modeled, and textured characters and props. Co-designed UI and related art.


Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Fine and Studio Arts
(focus in Electronic Arts)

Atlanta College of Art


Associate of Arts (AA), Computer Graphics

Montgomery College
Awards: Computer Artist of the Year (1993)


Film & Video Production

Southern Illinois University
January 1992December 1992


Graphic Design & Theater

Montana State University
September 1990May 1991


School of Fine Arts

Winthrop College
September 1989May 1990




Game Development

Roadmaps to making games from Zero-to-Hero

  • Concepts -– PART 1: To build great experiences, you need to know the concepts!
  • Structure -– PART 2: To build great experiences, you need to know the structure!
  • Production -– PART 3: To build great experiences, you need a schedule!


Levels and Missions

Creating moment-to-moment game experiences



Great tools remove speedbumps to creativity


Gamasutra Articles

Samples from my ongoing series of Revealing Regions and Orchestrating Gameworlds


LinkedIn Articles



It is a great pleasure to recommend Nathan Cheever. I worked with Nathan on MAFIA 3. Nathan is a consummate professional who takes a thoughtful and holistic approach to world design and game development.

As a world designer, Nathan was instrumental in conceptualizing, planning and executing our game world. He considers all disciplines when designing, careful to account for gameplay, artistic considerations, modularity, draw distances, player POV, re-use, changed states, etc. He is an avid gamer who analyzes other games to understand how they were built and how he can leverage the best ideas and tailor them to the project he is working on.

A key aspect to Nathan’s development approach and value as a teammate is his understanding and implementation of the development process. He gets it. He has a strong understanding of work flow and order of operation that will help any project unfold properly and run smoothly.

He is also a great communicator and is relentless and thorough in his documentation and maintenance of the wiki to keep information current and clear for the entire team. Nathan keeps current on tools and applications that will help facilitate efficient development and make the development process smooth and cost effective.

I highly recommend Nathan and hope to work with him again. He is a passionate teammate and team player who will help any project be the best it can be.

Devin St. Clair, Principal Environment Artist
worked with Nathan at 2K Games

When I joined the Mafia 3 team, Nathan was one of the first, readied resources I could rely on. He wasn’t just knowledgeable about the world he helped shaped into existence, he was determined to teach others best practices, in addition to sharing techniques to bring that vision to fruition. When I helped with some of his districts, every bit of feedback was always constructive and educational—he wanted others to succeed, and in turn, the team as a whole. You can see his passion about the craft, as he’s always looking into creative resources that might help others improve. His knowledge, talents, and energy would make him an invaluable addition to any team.

Kelly Ferry, Senior Level Designer
worked with Nathan at 2K Games

In my 14+ years in the game industry, building open world environments, those 5 years I had a chance to work with Nathan was the best experience.

I’ve never had such a great colleague, talented and experienced designer, wise Lead and flexible Manager from Design Department. His deep understanding of art, history, architecture and game environment art needs, as well as pipelines and tech was essential and extremely useful during all stages of development of Mafia III.

Nathan played also important role in designing update of our editor and core tools, to make it more efficient, closer to the industry standards and much easier to use.

His forward thinking and great design ideas, close collaboration with narrative team, with very useful overlap to art and his hands-on approach, helped me and my art team to push the world creation many, many steps forward, add tons of interesting areas, spots, hidden features and environment stories, which created great open world of Mafia III, the unique city New Bordeaux and its Louisiana spirit flavored surroundings.

It’s a dream comes true when art and design work hand by hand and it’s rare to come across talent who stands out like Nathan.

Petr Zavesky, Associate Art Director
worked with Nathan at Hangar 13 Games

I’ve worked alongside Nathan for around four years. Within those four years I have come to recognize Nathan as an excellent world builder and strong team leader. One of his greatest strengths is his ability to collaborate with art in effort to create a believable and immersive worlds.

During the development of Mafia 3 he understood the details around the city and the bayou were key in supporting the narrative and gameplay design. Nathan has the ability to keep an eye on all aspects of the project and see it as a whole and not simply individual pieces of content.

Nathan would be a welcomed addition to any developer in today’s competitive market.

Carlos Sanchez, Art Director
worked with Nathan at Hangar 13 Games

I had the good fortune of working with Nathan on Mafia III, where he was the lead world designer. We collaborated on a wide variety of designs, ideas, and narrative elements that all worked to bring the world of M3 and New Bordeaux to life. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Nathan and highly recommend him.

William Harms, Narrative Director/Writer
worked with Nathan at Hangar 13 Games

Nathan and I worked together on Mafia III. He was called in to help take the reigns as a small group of experienced world creators after a time when Mafia III production had faltered.

He brought solid planning, a breadth of knowledge and an attention to detail that helped production avoid a lot of rework. He drew up maps and locations that drove the world creation process. He was part city planner, part mission planner, part environmental artist, and a single point of contact who knew where everything was and what everything needed.

Of course change is the only constant in development, and that’s actually where Nathan’s amazing ability to communicate was most helpful. Priorities shifted as the main story line of the protagonist changed. These shifts required us to make large changes to the map, however, these were fairly painless, as Nathan took input from the narrative directors and communicated changes out to the team, quickly and decisively.

Freeways, roads, rivers, distances between major gameplay hubs, were all maintained as we added and removed missions. This also involved vehicle, and character movement metrics, which Nathan helped drive as well. Nathan handled all this and more while staying true to the spirit of New Orleans. He’s also very easy to get along with and helped solve issues where missions overlapped areas.

He helped pool resources instead of pitting designers against each other. He helped us work as a team, fluidly while staying in budget and hitting our deadlines. I enjoyed working with Nathan and highly recommend him for any team. He’s a fantastic addition and a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Austin Germer, Lead Modeler
worked with Nathan at Hangar 13 Games

Nathan was a fantastic Lead to work under. He helped set me up for success frequently. He held a specific vision for the world of Mafia 3 and was able to clearly and effectively communicate it to the World Designers that reported to him. Nathan is a passionate designer and friendly, easy to work with manager who always takes time to hear concerns, give concise feedback and help direct the overall worldbuilding effort in a AAA environment. I’d work with him again any time.

Harrison Pink, Senior Designer
reported directly to Nathan at Hangar 13 Games

One of the things I could count on reliably in working with Nathan was a detailed and thorough knowledge of our entire open world. He not only could point me towards great locations when I was scouting for my open world quest designs and district design effort, but would often offer solid game design ideas in the process, particularly as they relate to driving and how the location fit into the overall district. He also kept detailed documentation, so when it came time for me to create my own updates, I needed only make a few quick additions and things were ready to go; thoroughness and communication are core to his work. I benefited tremendously from collaborating with him, and would gladly do so in the future. His expertise and experience becomes quickly apparent when you speak with him, and his easy going, collaborative approach make the effort enjoyable and productive.

Jason Reis, Experienced Game Developer
worked with Nathan in the same group at Hangar 13 Games

I’ve had the pleasure now to work closely with Nathan on a second major AAA title, something that has made me further appreciate his diverse skill set. Nathan is a talented artist and designer who can not only design and layout visually rich and fun world levels, but who also possesses a great understanding of the tool chains necessary to create such levels. Nathan is someone who can recognize weak places in a game content pipeline and work with programmers to rapidly improve designer and artist iteration time for an entire studio. Nathan can also easily adapt to unfamiliar engines and tool sets without any loss of productivity. Nathan would be an integral and incredibly productive member of any development team.

Ross Tredinnick, Technology Programmer
worked directly with Nathan at Human Head Studios

Nathan is a fantastic designer with artistic sensibilities and a great get-it-done positive outlook. He interfaces with all members of the team to get the job done. The level of his organization and problem-solving skills on Prey 2 allowed us to make inspiring and diverse areas. At the same time, he also designed new tools with our tech team that allowed us to have a smooth pipeline for world creation.

Michael Abell, Development Director
managed Nathan at Human Head Studios

Working with Nathan on Prey 2 was a pleasure. He’s a great guy to hang out with and he made business trips so much more bearable. I was consistently amazed by his ability to take over a piece of the game world, sit down with it for a little while, and end up with something that both looked better and played better. Nathan is my definition of veteran game designer–in this crazy industry nothing throws him for a loop because he’s navigated it all before. I hope that someday, somewhere in the world, I’ll be lucky enough to work with him again.

David Lorentz, Level Scripter
worked directly with Nathan at Human Head Studios

Nathan is one of the most positive guys that I’ve ever worked with. He comes to the studio with so many creative ideas: game level design, tools design and system processes to improve our development efficiencies. I find that we often go back to Nathan for fresh ideas on what we should do to make things better and he always has an elegant answer. In addition to all that, he gives great direction to our art and design departments in his role as Lead Designer. He’s a smart team-builder with a good sense of humor. I’m glad we’re on the same team.

John T. Farnsworth, Studio Director
managed Nathan indirectly at Atomic Games

It was a pleasure working with Nathan at Atomic Games. He’s seriously one the the nicest guys out there and has a great grasp for the complete design process. Nathan was concise in his design documentation and always open to any comments or suggestions. He has a wealth of knowledge that is invaluable and is only gained through job experience. Nathan is someone I’d be proud to work with and I highly recommend.

Patrick Sebring, Lead Technical Designer
worked directly with Nathan at Atomic Games

Nathan is one of the best conceptual designers I’ve worked with. He does an awesome job of channeling information into an organized format for use by the development team. He’s got a great understanding of the development process and is an excellent communicator. His documentation is top notch and he did a good job of managing the campaign team in a difficult development process. I would definitely work with him again if I have the opportunity!

Mike Pearson, Senior Producer
managed Nathan indirectly at Atomic Games

Nathan has the greatest vision for game tool development out of anyone I’ve worked with so far in the industry. Nathan and myself have worked together for the past year on tools at Atomic Games and have greatly improved the data pipeline and work-flow for artists and designers. This has largely been due to the fact that, as a product owner, Nathan knows what he wants and understands what feature enhancements can bring the greatest benefit to a team. Nathan’s communication skills and commitment exceed that of all other employees. Overall, working with someone like Nathan makes game tools development very enjoyable.

Ross Tredinnick, Software Engineer
worked directly with Nathan at Atomic Games

Nathan is one of the most dependable designers I’ve ever met. Fabulous at organizing and communicating with the team, he’s always collected and keeps a positive outlook. He’s particularly talented at designing tools and making games fun. On a personal note, he’s got this quirky sense of humor that we just couldn’t get enough of. He is a truly gifted designer and lead that I hope to work with again.

Chris Roby, Lead Technical Designer
worked directly with Nathan at Atomic Games

As campaign lead for Six Days in Fallujah, Nathan provided an exceptionally well-organized and coherent framework for level designers, while remaining transparent and flexible to individual contribution in the most important ways. He is collected, passionate, and positive, often the calm center of those fueled creative debates, and demonstrated his wide and deep experience in everything from level documentation to refined tools design. I’ve met few people as well equipped as a manger or leader to cultivate a strong, healthy design environment.

Jonathan Lamb, Game Designer
reported to Nathan at Atomic Games

As the Lead Designer in charge of those of us working on the Campaign (missions, levels) for Six Days In Fallujah, Nathan was both very organized and adept at putting together the thorough documentation and research we needed to do our jobs, as well as being extremely cool under pressure no matter what the situation. Nathan has a wealth of expertise and experience in all matters of game design and his mild-mannered management tact made him a real pleasure to work with. I wouldn’t hesitate to work with him again, and can easily recommend him as a Design Lead or Director to anyone. Top-notch and very professional.

Sean Lynn, Game Designer
reported to Nathan at Atomic Games

Nathan is a great guy to have around. He brings alot of energy to the team, and his many years of experience are testament to his abilities. Whenever I was in need of a little guidance, he was definitely that go to guy. Nathan would make an excellent addition to anyone looking to strenghthen their studio.

Jason Woronicz, Level Designer
reported to Nathan at Atomic Games

Nathan was a great lead designer, I learned so much from him in my time at Destineer/Atomic games. He was always super helpful, very organized and a very hard worker, putting in many extra hours and doing whatever it took to reach a deadline. Also he is a very nice guy and really easy to work with, I really hope to work with him again someday.

Kevin Sizer, Level Designer
reported to Nathan at Atomic Games

Nathan is everything you need in a Lead Designer: organized, creative, fair, and extremely knowledgeable. I greatly enjoyed my time working with him and would love to get the chance to do it again.

Keith Friedly, Game Designer
reported to Nathan at Atomic Games

Nathan did a great job on planning and leading the level design effort on Six Days in Fallujah, as well as designing the campaign. As the lead AI programmer on the team, I found that Nathan had a good understanding for how AI and level design would work together, and we could always find the best solutions to our mutual problems.

Tobias Karlsson, Lead AI Programmer
worked directly with Nathan at Atomic Games

Nathan is a brilliant designer on many levels. He was always impressing me with his ability to organize in a way that clarified systems and needs, and therefore, improved productivity team-wide. Anyone in need of a designer who can bridge the gap between technical prowess and functional elegance would be wise to bring Nathan on board.

Derek Ehrman, Core Tech Engineer
worked indirectly for Nathan at Atomic Games

Nathan Cheever is a designer who is unusually talented in understanding the flow of a game and how a game is crafted to get the best results for the player. Even more importantly – in an industry with so many personalities and agendas, Nathan is just plain very pleasant to work with and continuously makes decisions based on what’s best for the team and end product. I would very much like to work with Nathan again in the future.

James Cowgill, Producer
managed Nathan indirectly at Atomic Games

Nate is great. His skill set is broad. He has solid foundations in design. He’s an excellent communicator… and just a blast to work with.
He gets things done, and usually manages to toss in a hilarious anecdote or goofy observation to go along with it.
I’ve learned quite a bit by working with him, and definitely recommend him to YOU, oh reader of this!

Clint Richards, Senior Game Designer
worked directly with Nathan at Atomic Games

Nathan is an extremely well-rounded designer who is capable of both the hands-on creation of levels and gameplay in addition to management tasks. As a good-natured Lead Designer who inspires confidence and trust among his teammates, Nathan is an excellent example to his team, multitasking exceptionally well and maintaining an equally excellent work ethic. Specializing in the creation of clear, fleshed out design documentation, Nathan is able to back it up with in-game working examples for the rest of his team to learn from, use, and adapt. It was a pleasure working with Nathan and I recommend him without reservation.

Juan Benito, Creative Director
managed Nathan at Atomic Games

Nathan is a very talented designer who has an incredibly deep understanding of the development process. He impressed me with his extraordinary work analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of Destineer’s tools and technology, and then leading the effort to improve them. As a lead designer Nathan demonstrated excellent leadership and outstanding communications skills. He easily earned the respect of everyone on the team. One of his best traits as a leader is his ability to keep his cool and his sense of humor in the face of serious challenges. I would happily work with Nathan again.

David Wessman, Senior Game Designer
worked directly with Nathan at Destineer Studios

Nathan was a pleasure to work through early pre-production on Turok. His ability to develop key work flows and his creative passion for level design established some early prototypes that helped define the vision for Turok. Along with his deep tool knowledge and upbeat demeanor, I look forward to the opportunity to work with Nathan again.

Josh Bridge, Lead Level Designer
managed Nathan at Propaganda Games

Nathan is a highly commited level designer skilled in both creative and technical displines and has a great awareness of both the detail and the big picture. Of the many many level designers I’ve worked with in the last 10 years Nathan is one of the very very few I would brand a 5* level designer.

Martin Blackmore, Senior Level Designer
worked directly with Nathan at Propaganda Games

I had the pleasure of working with Nathan during the pre-production of Turok. Nathan was an extremely dedicated and hard working team mate with keen creative skills. He played a huge role in pushing early technical limitations and boundaries through his vast technical knowledge. Nathan was a fantastic colleague and friend, I look forward to future opportunities working with Nathan.

Chris Haluke, Level Designer
worked directly with Nathan at Propaganda Games

While I worked with Nathan he showed intense dedication to his job and the project. He was always willing to help in all capacities even if outside of his discipline. He is not only a brilliant designer, but a joy to work with. He is the kind of designer that is open to ideas and encourages feedback. He would be a phenomenal addition to any team and I highly recommend him.

Darci Morales, Lead QA Software Engineer
worked indirectly for Nathan at Surreal Software

When I worked with Nathan at Surreal, he was under extreme pressure to deliver a large quantity of work in a short period of time; despite the rough circumstance, in the end he and his team delivered at a quality level that set the bar for the entire project. Nathan was a pleasure to work with even under pressure. I would work with Nathan again in a heartbeat.

Beau Folsom, Lead Artist
worked directly with Nathan at Surreal Software

Nathan is an excellent game designer, both creative and technical with great communication skills. His designer skills set on “The Suffering / Ties That Bind” were pivotal to content/systems and tools development. Give this man the tools he needs! You won’t regret it.

Brigitte Samson, Senior Animator
worked with Nathan at Surreal Software

As a designer on The Suffering/Ties That Bind, Nathan brought a tremendous level of enthusiasm and talent to both projects. He had an instinctive grasp of pacing, within the levels he was responsible for as well as how they fit into the overarching story, which is especially crucial for horror games. Nathan also stood out for his unrelenting desire to improve tools, tech and general workflow for the Design team. He was a consistent source of collaborative feedback and suggestions for the programming team in regards to improving the tools necessary for the game.

Bach Payson, Associate Producer
worked directly with Nathan at Surreal Software

Nathan was great to work with, creative & diligent, he was one of the few that would really put some of our systems through their paces thoroughly & those of us on the programming team really appreciated his feedback. His sense of humor helped too!

Matt Edmonds, Senior Programmer
worked directly with Nathan at Surreal Software

Nathan helped out the Tools department greatly by providing many suggestions and feedback on how to improve Surreal’s game tools – including full design documents for new features, UI mockups and more. He works well with programmers and artists alike, and was an incredible asset for the company. I’ll miss him greatly.

Simon Cooke, Lead Gameplay Engineer
worked directly with Nathan at Surreal Software

Nathan’s experience, skills and attention to detail are his strengths. I have seen some amazing things from him in the last 3 years. Working on both The Suffering and The Suffering 2, his innovative thinking helped to hoist The Suffering 2 from good to great! I would not hesitate to work with him again.

Cory Lee, Level Artist
worked directly with Nathan at Surreal Software

Nathan has an eye for detail, and a desire to make playable areas that are as fun and engrossing as possible. His desire to make games a good as they possibly can, and his penchant for making engrossing gamespaces are valuable resources to the project he applies them to.

Chris Johnson, Animator
worked directly with Nathan at Surreal Software

Nathan is a great designer who I really enjoyed working with. His passion and originality were huge assets to our project. If given the chance I would highly recommend him.

Dan Thibadeau, Senior Level Designer
worked directly with Nathan at Monolith Productions

Without Nathan. we couldn’t have polished AvP2 to such a high caliber, his work was excellent.

Rhett Baldwin, Level Designer
worked directly with Nathan at Monolith Productions

Nate is an excellent level designer with solid technical and aesthetic skills. His designs are creative, functional and play well. He also is highly proficient with Photoshop and a variety of 3d modeling tools, and can pinch hit in other game development areas if needed. If the opportunity arose, I’d absolutely want him on my team again.

Chris Appel, Lead artist
managed Nathan at Heuristic Park, Inc.

Nathan is kind of creative energy that should come in a bottle. Just when we ran out of ideas and everybody goes home, here comes Nathan to save the day! I remember on multiple occasions when he wouldn’t leave the office until he found graphic solution for the project. Sometimes for days he wouldn’t leave the office. I remember having to shave him, feed him, and brush his teeth once.

Despite those memories, I would enjoy working with him again.

Like quenching our thirst, Nathan brought a refreshing approach to design and composition. Minus the mysterious hole in the wall that all of sudden appeared on one of his late nights, I think Nathan is valuable resource to any graphic design team.

Scott Padgett, Graphic Artist
worked directly with Nathan at Heuristic Park, Inc.

Nathan is an extremely capable artist and designer and his quirky sense of humor makes for good times.

Paul Neuhaus, 3D Artist
worked directly with Nathan at Heuristic Park, Inc.