Insomniac Games has closed its official website in tribute to Michael Kuehl. The gameplay programmer was involved in a motorbike accident late last week, and taken off of assisted life-support earlier today.
Prior to joining Insomniac, Kuehl had worked as a programmer at EA, working on titles including the original Medal of Honor as well as both Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 and Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight.
The news is a particularly harsh blow to his C&C alumni, who lost former Assistant Producer Will Townsend in mid-December to a car accident. Townsend had also moved on from EA, spending years at Activision where he became producer of the first DJ Hero, and later joining MapleStory publisher Nexon.
Following the successful release of both Resistance 3 and Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One in 2011, Insomniac - the formerly PlayStation exclusive developer - is currently working on Overstrike, due for release later this year for Xbox 360 as well as PS3.
Our thoughts are with Mike's family and friends, who describe Kuehl as optimistic, gentle and a pleasure to work with. "This is stunning," a co-worker comments, while another imagines Kuehl is reading this "from a place where the sky is always blue, where your beef jerky is always perfectly seasoned, and where you'll never again find yourself in harm's way."
I like video games, fishing, Depeche Mode, long walks on the beach, writing discussion papers and cups of tea. Not necessarily in that order.
Jimmy the Geek