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Looking Glass Studios, Inc.

Overview

Looking Glass Studios, Inc. was a development studio based in Cambridge, MA (USA). It was formed in 1992 through the merger of Blue Sky Productions and Lerner Research. The most prominent developer at the studio was Warren Spector. Some of the most important franchises the team worked on are Flight Unlimited, the Thief series, and the System Shock games.

The company was shut down three months after releasing Thief II: The Metal Age and about 60 employees were let go when their publisher Eidos was hit with a financial crisis.

Employees trickled down to studios such as Ion Storm Inc. and Irrational Games where their influences are still visible in the Deus Ex franchise, and BioShock, the spiritual successor to System Shock 2.

Also Known As

  • Looking Glass Technologies, Inc. (from 1992 to 1996)


Trivia

In the German gaming magazine PC Player (issue 01/2001) Looking Glass Studios, Inc. received a special award for the "Bankrupt of the Year 2000".

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