Raven Software is a computer game developer based in Madison, Wisconsin. The company was founded in 1990 by brothers Brian
and Steve Raffel
, and initially had a staff of five people. Their first game was Black Crypt
(1992). Later, they shifted their focus from first-person RPGs to first-person shooters, a genre in which they created their best-known works such as Heretic and Hexen
, Soldier of Fortune
, and other series. In 1997, Raven Software made an exclusive publishing deal with Activision Incorporated
and was eventually acquired by that company.
Raven Software is the first computer game company to build its own motion capture studio.