Planet Moon Studios
Planet Moon Studios was a game development studio founded by Nick Bruty
and Bob Stevenson
in 1997 and located in San Francisco, California (USA). It originally consisted mainly of former employees of Shiny Entertainment
. It existed for fourteen years and the studio worked with a variety of publishers such as Interplay
, Electronic Arts
, SEGA of America
, Disney Interactive Studios
The company was initially mostly known for action titles that contain a lot of humour, such as Planet Moon's first game Giants: Citizen Kabuto
(2000), and then Armed and Dangerous
(2003) and Infected
Around 2004 the company announced to shift focus to development for Sony's PSP platform. Next to Infected
the studio made After Burner: Black Falcon
(2007) for the platform.
Around 2007 the focus shifted to Nintendo's Wii console and the Nintendo DS handheld system. The studio released the trivia game Smarty Pants
(2007) for the Wii and the educational games Brain Quest: Grades 3 & 4
(2008) and Brain Quest: Grades 5 & 6
(2008) for the Nintendo DS. The musical rhythm game Battle of the Bands
for the Wii was also released in 2008. In that year the independent iPhone game Booty Blocks
was developed as well and some members of the team assisted with the development of Iron Man
(2008 - PS3/Xbox 360).
After those, only two more games were released. The studio did the Wii version of 5TH Cell Media's Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter
(2009), and the movie adaptation Disney Tangled
in 2010. Tangled
also was the studio's first PC title since Armed and Dangerous
On 11th January 2011 Bigpoint Inc.
announced to have hired 37 people who formerly worked for Planet Moon, but did not acquire the company or the IP. According to Planet Moon CEO Aaron Loeb
one of the company's projects went into financial default in December 2010 and they pursued litigation against the funders that owned the company money. Microsoft
cancelled the light RPG/Adventure Xbox 360 Kinect game My Amazing Story
and that meant the end of the company. Planet Moon was then closed in early 2011.
Co-founder Nick Bruty
and Richard Sun
went on and established the independent game development studio Rogue Rocket Games
in March 2011. The other co-founder Bob Stevenson
had already left the company to co-found ngmoco
in June 2008. CEO Aaron Loeb joined Playfish
in April 2011 as the new general manager of its San Francisco branch.
A news site dedicated to the company was formerly located at www.planetmooncentral.com.
The company website was located at www.planetmoon.com.