Anthony “madcow” Cowley let us know that id Software coder Jim Dose noted in a VoodooExtreme comment that, while discussing Team Arena’s player models, id has hired a new animator (thanks to Jim for the quick confirmation):
Actually, Steed animated and modelled the player models in TA. He had been done for a while before he was let go. Check page 2 of the credits in the TA demo.
Our new animator, Fred Nilsson, is pretty bad ass. He’s a professional animator who’s worked on a few animated films. He only arrived a month or so ago, so he didn’t do anything on TA except animating the new logo movie, which was modelled by another new artist, Seneca Menard. Both these guys are incredibly talented and have a style all their own.
Doomworld’s Andrew “Linguica” Stine found the IMDb entry for Nilsson, which lists a stint at Pacific Data Images where he worked on the sci-fi movie The Arrival. Presumably, Nilsson will be animating the new rogue’s gallery of hellspawn that will be found in the Doom sequel, which went into development earlier this year.