Ben Hanson, lead content designer of the Star Wars Galaxies: Jump to Lightspeed
expansion, has passed away, Gamasutra has learned. The news came via a tweet
from his colleague Raph Koster.
"Learned that the talented designer Ben Hanson passed away. Very sad news. He was a key contributor on SWG
& fun to play & argue with," Koster wrote.
Hanson's MobyGames profile lists
several contributions to the Star Wars Galaxies
franchise as well as other games. Hanson also worked at Simutronics, Origin, ArenaNet, and Digital Anvil, in addition to Sony Online Entertainment, according to a blog post he wrote.
In that 11-year old post on the official Star Wars Galaxies
site (via archive.org
) Hanson writes of his enthusiasm for online games: "I have been a big fan of online games ever since the first time I played them," Hanson wrote. "While single-player games were fun, it was these online wonders that captured my imagination..."