Feargus Urquhart

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Feargus Urquhart
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Biographical data
Date of Birth19 April 1970
Involvement in Fallout series
GamesFallout
Fallout 2
Van Buren
External links
HomepageFeargus Urquhart's Profile on Obsidian Entertainment
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Feargus MacRae Urquhart, born April 19, 1970, is a computer games designer. Urquhart was involved with the production of both Fallout and Fallout 2, and had been working on the Van Buren project up until its cancellation. He is currently the president of Obsidian Entertainment which also designed Fallout: New Vegas.

Career[edit | edit source]

The Fallout years[edit | edit source]

In the mid-1990s, Urquhart joined forces with Tim Cain and others to produce the opening act of what would be the Fallout franchise, "Fallout: A Post-Nuclear Role Playing Game". Following Fallout's 1997 release, team-structure negotiations between Interplay and Cain collapsed, leading to the departure of several principal designers of the original Fallout. In 1998, Urquhart was given the reins to Interplay's newly-created development division for role-playing games, Black Isle Studios.

Fallout 2 was released later that year, but due to a rushed production schedule, numerous bugs and programming mistakes were discovered by the general public. Although many of these mistakes were the result of an abnormally-compressed production schedule, blame was laid mostly at Urquhart's feet. However, Urquhart and the rest of the Black Isle Studios staff worked diligently to patch many of the mistakes that made it into the release.

The end of Interplay, the beginning of Obsidian[edit | edit source]

In 2003, Interplay fell into serious financial difficulties. In December, the Black Isle Studios division was closed down, and its staff laid off - Urquhart included. With the help of former Fallout colleagues Chris Avellone, Chris Jones, Darren Monahan, and Chris Parker, Urquhart founded Obsidian Entertainment in Santa Ana, California.

Employment history[edit | edit source]

FromToCompanyRole
19912004InterplayGame designer
2006presentObsidian EntertainmentPresident

Credits[edit | edit source]

Fallout series[edit | edit source]

YearTitleCredited as/for
1997FalloutDivision Director
1998Fallout 2Producer, Lead Designer, SPECIAL game system design, Division Director
-Van BurenDesigner
2010Fallout: New VegasPresident of Obsidian Entertainment

Other work (excerpt)[edit | edit source]

YearTitleCredited as/for
1998Baldur's GateDirector
1999Planescape: TormentProduction Division Director
2000Icewind DaleDivision Director
2006Neverwinter Nights 2President of Obsidian Entertainment

Videos[edit | edit source]

  • Urquhart talks on Fallout 1 and 2 along with other titles.
  • On Black Isle.
  • On Fallout: New Vegas and other Obsidian titles.

External links[edit | edit source]