Mucky Foot Productions Limited
Mucky Foot Productions Limited was a UK company made up of former Bullfrog
employees. The company was active between 1997 and 2003, and was founded by Guy Simmons
, Mike Diskett
and Fin McGechie
. They were soon joined by another Bullfrog veteran: Gary Carr
Mucky Foot released three games in its six years of existence. They first game was Urban Chaos
, soon followed by Startopia
. Urban Chaos 2
never took off, and no one appeared to be interested in Skyships
, a steampunk pirate game, so they settled for the movie licensee Blade II
as their first two games and especially Startopia
had insufficient sales to make up for the development costs.
A second office was opened in Newcastle, headed by McGechie. While still working on Urban Chaos 2
, the titles The Punisher
and Bulletproof Monk
demanded most of their attention. The developers also toyed with the idea of developing a remake of the 8-bit title Barbarian
and ER Tycoon
as an update of Theme Hospital
, two titles Carr had previously been involved with.
Half way through the development of The Punisher
, publisher THQ, Inc.
decided to take the game in-house to develop it there themselves. With a cash reserve to warrant six more months, they tried to pitch more ideas, but eventually the company was forced to close down near the end of 2003, leaving Bulletproof Monk
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