Digital Extremes, Inc.
London, Ontario-based Digital Extremes was founded in 1993 by James Schmalz
, who previously worked at Epic MegaGames on Solar Winds
. Digital Extremes' first game was Epic Pinball
, published as shareware by Epic MegaGames.Epic Pinball
proved to be a huge success in the shareware market, warranting two spin-offs by Digital Extremes. Silverball
, released later in 1993, was a commercial version of Epic Pinball
with all-new tables. Extreme Pinball
, released in 1995, was an all-new pinball game with new features and a faster game engine.
All three of these games helped fund the development of Unreal
, which started development in 1994 at Digital Extremes. Unreal
was a first-person shooter that sported a true 3-D graphics engine, and spent four years in development limbo before it was finally released in 1998.Unreal
also proved to be a huge success in the gaming industry. The first three Unreal Tournament
games and Unreal Championship
were developed by Digital Extremes, but Epic MegaGames (who co-developed all of the Unreal
games) has owned the rights to the Unreal
franchise ever since.
Digital Extremes has moved away from the Unreal
franchise to work on Dark Sector
, a third-person stealth shooter released in 2008. In 2001, Digital Extremes formed a second studio in Toronto, Ontario to focus on developing console games. The new studio was named Brain Box Games, but this later became the name of a small division of the Toronto studio that focused on budget games. Since then, the Toronto studio was renamed to Digital Extremes Toronto, and the primary studio in London was renamed to Digital Extremes London.
The Toronto studio worked on their first-person shooter Pariah
while the London studio was still working on Dark Sector
. After Pariah
finished development, the Toronto studio began working on Pariah: Shroud Wars
. However, since Pariah
was a commercial flop, Shroud Wars
was renamed WarPath
and took on a new life as a whole new game. It was released in 2006.
In 2005, the London and Toronto studios merged so that they could both work together on WarPath
and Dark Sector
Also Known As
- Digital Extremes London (from Nov 15, 2002 to 2005)
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