Chris Avellone (born September 27, 1972) is an American computer game designer and writer. He was a core designer at Black Isle Studios, and is well-known for his work on Fallout 2 and Icewind Dale, but is best known as the lead designer of Planescape: Torment. When the studio closed off, Avellone and a few ex-members of Black Isle founded a new game studio: Obsidian Entertainment. There, he worked as lead designer on Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, before leaving in 2015 to follow a game writing freelance career. Since then, he worked on several projects with various studios, including Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order with Respawn Entertainment.
Following the closure of Interplay Entertainment, were he worked as lead designer, Chris Avellone went on to co-found Obsidian Entertainment with former Interplay employees. Their first commercial project was the Star Wars role-playing game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, for which he acted as the lead designer. He is also responsible for a major part of it's writing, including most of the companions. He later worked on a short comic, "Unseen, Unheard", published in Star Wars Tales 24, and several Clone Wars Adventures stories.
More than a decade after the release of Knight of the Old Republic II, Avellone returned to the Star Wars universe as a writer on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
Star Wars published works
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords (2004)
- Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (2019)
- Star Wars Tales
- Clone Wars Adventures