Undertow developer Chair Entertainment has hired Howard Phillips as its new Studio Director. Phillips is best known for his time at Nintendo, during which he became a spokesman for the company and the star of Nintendo Power's "Howard & Nester" comic strip. Since then, he has worked at LucasArts, THQ, and Microsoft.

"Howard has a remarkable history in the video game industry, and we expect the talent at Chair Entertainment to thrive under his leadership," said Michael Capps, president of Chair owner Epic. Chair is currently working on games based on Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game and Empire: Alpha Complex.

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