OverviewHigh Moon Studios is a game development studio based in Carlsbad, San Diego, California (USA). It is owned by Activision Blizzard as a wholly owned subsidiary. The company was established in Century City, California as Sammy Entertainment, Inc. in April 2001 as a subsidiary of Sammy USA Corporation. In 2002 the name was changed to Sammy Studio, Inc. and the company moved to San Diego. In this period the company name was also used as the publisher for many localized Japanese titles.
The company became independent in March 2005 when Chief Operating Officer John Rowe bought the company from Sammy Corporation. The name was then changed to High Moon Studios. The studio debuted in 2005 with the first-person shooter Darkwatch. In January 2006 the company lost its independent status again when it was acquired by Vivendi Universal Games. In December 2007 a merger between Vivendi and Activision was announced and that way it became an Activision subsidiary. Following the merger about 60 of the 150 developers were laid off.
The company has solely focused on action games. Following Darkwatch (2005), the studio only created titles based on existing licenses: Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Conspiracy (2008), two Transformers games: Transformers: War for Cybertron (2010) and Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, and most recently Deadpool (2013). Prior to the release of Deadpool, 40 developers were let go in April 2013.
Also Known As
- Sammy Studios, Inc. (from 2002 to Mar 06, 2005)
- Sammy Entertainment Inc. (from Apr, 2001 to 2002)
TriviaThe company website was previously http://www.sammystudios.com/
- High Moon Studios, Inc. -- The official homepage
- Q&A: High Moon's John Rowe -- Interview with John Rowe about High Moon & the Sammy Studios purchase on Gamespot (25 March 2005)