Alienation studio, Housemarque, has announced that veteran developer and Art Lead, Antti Kallioinen, passed away suddenly at the age of 42. Kallioinen actually died on February 24 but it wasn’t until now that the studio announced his passing on its website. We’ve learned that he was finalizing his work on Alienation at the time of his death. Housemarque further wrote:
He started his long career as early as 1994, when he was the background graphics artist for one of the first Finnish internationally published games called Elfmania for Amiga 500 (Developer Terramarque, publisher Renegade). Antti also had a strong entrepreneurial drive as he co-founded three game companies in different locations around the world.
Ever since being a teenager, Antti had been curious of new, upcoming things. He joined an AD&D roleplaying group in the late 80´s in his hometown Joensuu, and got fascinated by home computers, which lead him to study how to use Deluxe Paint. Eventually, he started his career as one of the first Finnish professional game graphics artists. He also was an early MMORPG game developer in the pre-WoW era and went on to explore browser and social gaming frontiers well before Facebook games became popular.
Kallioinen is survived by his partner and family.
We at PlayStation LifeStyle extend our deepest condolences to Kallioninen’s family and friends.