The Chinese Room is an award-winning game development studio based in Brighton,
best known for creating experimental first-person games.

The Chinese Room is a small studio with core values of passion and innovation. For us, it's about the sense of being in the world that is unique to games. There's nothing like that sense of discovery, immersion, wonder. We want to use this amazing medium to tell great stories and explore incredible new worlds. Basically, we love games and this drives every project we undertake.

We released Everybody's Gone to the Rapture on PlayStation 4 in August 2015, and on PC in April 2016. Everybody's Gone to the Rapture is an open world, post-apocalyptic adventure set in Shropshire, England in 1984. This was published by Sony Santa Monica, and has received critical acclaim from journalists and has been showcased at various events such as E3, EGX, Paris Games Week, and has been nominated for numerous awards, including 10 BAFTA Games Awards, and has won BAFTA, TIGA, Stuff, Writers' Guild of Great Britain and Emotional Game Awards.

We released our first game, Dear Esther, in February 2012 to critical and popular acclaim. Dear Esther went on to win ten major awards in 2012 and was nominated for many more, including 5 BAFTAs.

In 2013, we shipped Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, a sequel to the horror classic developed by Frictional Games. We acted as a third party developer in collaboration with Frictional to create this game. Amnesia has become a cult title, and also gathered international acclaim and a string of award nominations. 


Rich Court Art www.richardcm.co.uk Worked on: Everybody's Gone to the Rapture Favourite game: Wolfenstein 3D Likes: Beer, Burgers, Dogs Dislikes: Cats

Rich Court
Art
www.richardcm.co.uk

Worked on: Everybody's Gone to the Rapture
Favourite game: Wolfenstein 3D
Likes: Beer, Burgers, Dogs
Dislikes: Cats

Andrew Crawshaw Design Worked on: (Amongst many other things...) a real world game with light-emitting, helium-filled balloons Favourite game: Quake (ideally MP, but bots will do) Likes: Miss Bugs Dislikes: Bugs Claim to fame: Taught Ricky Gervais to play EyeToy

Andrew Crawshaw
Design

Worked on: (Amongst many other things...) a real world game with light-emitting, helium-filled balloons
Favourite game: Quake (ideally MP, but bots will do)
Likes: Miss Bugs
Dislikes: Bugs
Claim to fame: Taught Ricky Gervais to play EyeToy

Jessica Curry Music @jessicacurry2 www.jessicacurry.co.uk Worked on: Dear Esther, Amnesia: AMFP, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture Favourite music: Duruflé Requiem, The Cardiacs, Joni Mitchell Likes: gin and swimming (sometimes at the same time) Dislikes: people walking whilst looking at their mobile phone (should be punishable by death) and mushrooms (the devil’s fungi) Claim to fame: Chesney Hawkes tried to sue my mum

Jessica Curry
Music
@jessicacurry2
www.jessicacurry.co.uk

Worked on: Dear Esther, Amnesia: AMFP, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
Favourite music: Duruflé Requiem, The Cardiacs, Joni Mitchell
Likes: gin and swimming (sometimes at the same time)
Dislikes: people walking whilst looking at their mobile phone (should be punishable by death) and mushrooms (the devil’s fungi)
Claim to fame: Chesney Hawkes tried to sue my mum

Alex Grahame Art @Alex_Grahame www.alexgrahame.com Passionate about: Equality & Inclusivity Likes: Art Current goal: Saving the world

Alex Grahame
Art
@Alex_Grahame
www.alexgrahame.com

Passionate about: Equality & Inclusivity
Likes: Art
Current goal: Saving the world

Martin Newing Production   Worked on: Haunt, Powerstar Golf, Prisoner of War Favourite game: Ultima Underworld / System Shock – don’t make me choose! Likes: Wine Dislikes: Hangovers Claim to fame: Hurtled around a test track in the actual Lotus Esprit from “For Your Eyes Only” (yes, I’m that old…)

Martin Newing
Production

 

Worked on: Haunt, Powerstar Golf, Prisoner of War
Favourite game: Ultima Underworld / System Shock – don’t make me choose!
Likes: Wine
Dislikes: Hangovers
Claim to fame: Hurtled around a test track in the actual Lotus Esprit from “For Your Eyes Only” (yes, I’m that old…)

Steve Noake Art @furiousgeorgeii Worked on: …A lot of games Favourite game(s): Dune 2, Planetside, Mass Effect, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, COD MW2, Red Dead Redemption Likes: Using my imagination, riding push bikes Dislikes: Odd people who don’t like Jeff Wayne’s "War of the Worlds" Claim to fame: Close to hitting the magical 4w/Kg FTP (if you really want to know, look it up!)    

Steve Noake
Art
@furiousgeorgeii

Worked on: …A lot of games
Favourite game(s): Dune 2, Planetside, Mass Effect, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, COD MW2, Red Dead Redemption
Likes: Using my imagination, riding push bikes
Dislikes: Odd people who don’t like Jeff Wayne’s "War of the Worlds"
Claim to fame: Close to hitting the magical 4w/Kg FTP (if you really want to know, look it up!)

 

 

Stephanie Rickwood Production Favourite game: PaRappa the Rapper Likes: Dancing to Rave music circa 1991. "The Archers". I appreciate these don’t usually go together. Favourite food: Cheese Claim to fame: Meeting George Clooney whilst dressed as a giant strawberry. The very worst of times.

Stephanie Rickwood
Production

Favourite game: PaRappa the Rapper
Likes: Dancing to Rave music circa 1991. "The Archers". I appreciate these don’t usually go together.
Favourite food: Cheese
Claim to fame: Meeting George Clooney whilst dressed as a giant strawberry. The very worst of times.

Dan Pinchbeck Creative Direction Worked on: Dear Esther, Amnesia: AMFP, Rapture + mods (Antlion Soccer, Korsakovia, Conscientious Objector) Favourite game: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. (come on, anybody still not know that?) Currently playing: Borderlands 2 for the 3rd time. Mechromancers rock. Dislikes: Puzzle games, but mainly because I’m really bad at puzzles and just find them incredibly stressful rather than fun. Claim to fame: I once did the PR for Psychic TV’s return to the UK warm-up gig and had to explain who Genesis P. Orridge was to the arts reporter of the Eastern Daily Press. That was an interesting conversation.

Dan Pinchbeck
Creative Direction

Worked on: Dear Esther, Amnesia: AMFP, Rapture + mods (Antlion Soccer, Korsakovia, Conscientious Objector)
Favourite game: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. (come on, anybody still not know that?)
Currently playing: Borderlands 2 for the 3rd time. Mechromancers rock.
Dislikes: Puzzle games, but mainly because I’m really bad at puzzles and just find them incredibly stressful rather than fun.
Claim to fame: I once did the PR for Psychic TV’s return to the UK warm-up gig and had to explain who Genesis P. Orridge was to the arts reporter of the Eastern Daily Press. That was an interesting conversation.

Catherine Woolley Design @Catmoo Worked on: Alien: Isolation, Halo Wars 2 Favourite game: Shenmue Fun Fact: Has a twin sister Likes: Cats, Crochet, Game Jams Claim to fame: Too many to list ;)

Catherine Woolley
Design
@Catmoo

Worked on: Alien: Isolation, Halo Wars 2
Favourite game: Shenmue
Fun Fact: Has a twin sister
Likes: Cats, Crochet, Game Jams
Claim to fame: Too many to list ;)

Gwen Raymond Code Worked on: Total War: Shogun 2: Fall of the Samurai, Total War: Rome 2, Total War: Rome 2: Attila, Fable Fortune Favourite game: Paranoia Likes: Dogs, Banjos, Transgressive Horror Movies Dislikes: "Tasteful" Saxophone Claim to fame: Met Hawk from Gladiators once          

Gwen Raymond
Code

Worked on: Total War: Shogun 2: Fall of the Samurai, Total War: Rome 2, Total War: Rome 2: Attila, Fable Fortune
Favourite game: Paranoia
Likes: Dogs, Banjos, Transgressive Horror Movies
Dislikes: "Tasteful" Saxophone
Claim to fame: Met Hawk from Gladiators once
   

 

 

 

Stuart Yarham Code @stuartyarham Favourite game: Rez. No, Ico. No, Half-Life 2. No, Rez. Definitely, probably Rez. Or Ico. Favourite food: Any roast dinner Least favourite food: Any blue cheese Spirit Animal: Athene cunicularia (The Mighty Burrowing Owl)

Stuart Yarham
Code
@stuartyarham

Favourite game: Rez. No, Ico. No, Half-Life 2. No, Rez. Definitely, probably Rez. Or Ico.
Favourite food: Any roast dinner
Least favourite food: Any blue cheese
Spirit Animal: Athene cunicularia (The Mighty Burrowing Owl)