Inside the Vault: Charles Harribey


Bethesda is not just a developer but a publisher as well. So today’s Q&A is with Charles Harribey, one of our producers who handles external projects. Charles is primarily reponsible for our Star Trek games, and since we shipped his latest project today — Star Trek: Conquest — we thought it fitting to give some insight into Charles’ world.

What’s your job at Bethesda?
Producer, External Development. Meaning I manage Third Party Developers that make games for Bethesda to publish. Currently I deal with all the Star Trek titles.

What other games have you worked on?
Panzer General 2, Aaron vs. Ruth Baseball, War Wind, Dark Colony, Su-27 Flanker 2.0, Panzer Commander, Luftwaffe Commander, Dragon’s Lair 3D, Earth 2150: The Moon Project, Dark Planet, Dukes of Hazzard, Reno Air Racing, The Legend of Alon Dar, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Star Trek: Tactical Assault, Star Trek: Legacy, Star Trek: Conquest.

What is the best part about bring a producer? The worst part?
Best part is that I get to have my hand in every pie. I get to influence art, design, sound, writing, all of it. Also as an External Producer I get to work with teams all over the world and I get to work on a wide variety of genres on every platform.

Worst part is that if anything goes wrong at any time or anywhere, it’s always my problem. Meaning I’m the first one in, and the last one out. Also there’s a lot of travel which can be both both good and bad.

How did you get into the industry? Do you have any tips for breaking in?
I started out as a QA Tester at Strategic Simulations Inc. (SSI) back in 1996. Worked for Mindscape, Broderbund, The Learning Company, Mattel, Gores and Ubisoft along the way to Bethesda.

As for breaking in to the industry, begin with research. Learn about the company you want to work for and their games. Have some idea about what’s good and bad about both. Go to the interview prepared to talk about what you know and be honest about what you don’t. That’ll get you an entry level job.

Once you get your foot in the door, you need to be dedicated in order to stay. When they ask for volunteers for a difficult task, you need to be one of those volunteers. At the end of the project cycle the ones who stay are the ones who put in that extra effort. Everyone else will be sent packing.

What would you say is your personal favorite game of all time?
Top of the line is Super Mario 64. Runners up: Dungeon Master, Civilization, Diablo 2 and Age of Empires 2 and Gran Turismo.

What games are you looking forward to?
Unreal Tournament 3, Rock Band, Crysis and Super Mario Galaxy.

Any other hobbies and interests? What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I was a volunteer firefighter for 5 years, I’m a terrible drummer, been to Burning Man a dozen times.

Pitch your dream game.
Hard Boiled detective game. Find the clues, interrogate the suspects, solve the big crime. Guns, dames, cars and villains.

Reader Comments

  1. I have read all your interviews and all articles about fallout3 so far, and in all of them there is one thing that is common, do you know what it is? its always the same screenshots!!!!!

    God!! it sounds like you dont care about us! whats the problem on releasing more SS? we just want to see the progress! your official website has SS with months old, it disgusts everyone take a look at SC2
    they released dozens of screenshot and gameplay videos, their official website has a list of units that will be on the game!

    i wonder if you read my comments at all.. cause all you do is delete them and dont give feedback

  2. Not sure why you decide to post that rant here, but…

    We don’t delete posts unless it’s spam or something really inappropriate. There will be plenty of time for new screens and info and whatnot before the game is released next Fall.

  3. Hi, I am just the absolute hugest fan of the X-box 360 game Star Trek Legacy all my friends and I want to know when you are going to release a expansion pack to stores for those who do not have online access. Also, it would be sweet if you made co-op mode split screen, off line, for two players, as well as against each other. System link as well would be sweet. You have so much expansion material available for the pc version it is just so frustrating. Did you know the rating of Halo 3 went up one whole point after the expansion pack. That would change your rating to a 9. Amp it up dude add new factions: Tholians, Vulcans, Gorn, Orion Pirate(Corsairs), Jem’Hedar, the Earth’s aternate universe ships. Put a feature were you can play classic Trek fights like Khan.
    Also allow a no time limit feature for people who want to play for hours. And permit players to be able to have more control over which enemy ships they get to fight; let us have the option to chose our enemies ships and don’t limit us to what the computer chooses. If you do this word will spread and your sales will go througth the roof. Oh yeah and make collisions with asteriods and ships do damage. And make auto self destruct just a wee bit more potent. Oh yeah, one last ultra cool request, add I beg you more dialog from the enemy to many lines repeat themselves over and over. Watch the borg film on this site you’ll see what I mean. Any how, YOUR GAME ROCKS and it can only get better!!! Well done!!! Take full advantage of the hype from the new Star Trek movie coming out and rake in the big doe!!! Peace out and live long and prosper.