Housemarque's Antti Kallioinen passes away

Veteran developer, serial entrepreneur, and Alienation art lead dies suddenly at age 42

Housemarque's Antti Kallioinen has died, the studio announced today. The 42-year-old passed away suddenly on February 24 after decades in the games industry.

Kallioinen started making games in 1994 as a background artist on the title Elfmania, which was developed by Terramarque (it would merge with fellow Finnish studio Bloodhouse to form Housemarque the next year). He would go on to co-found three studios in three countries--Australia's Church of Electronic Entertainment, Holland's Dreams Interactive, and Finland's Chat Republic. Kallioinen returned to Housemarque in 2012, where he had been leading the art team on Alienation, a spiritual successor to the studio's Dead Nation set to launch later this month.

Kallioinen is survived by his partner and family.

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