Cyberlore Studios, Inc.

Moby ID: 1131

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Cyberlore Studios, Inc. was incorporated in 1992 by the team that created the SSI Gold Box hit, The Dark Queen of Krynn. The first project under the Cyberlore banner was another SSI Advanced Dungeons and Dragons game, Al-Qadim: The Genie's Curse. The game required the development of an entirely new engine for overhead-perspective, real-time play. By adding the necessary staff, the company completed "Genie" in fourteen months. Released to excellent reviews, the game has since been translated into four languages with world wide sales in excess of 90,000 copies.

Cyberlore and SSI teamed up again with Entomorph: Plague of the Darkfall. Using an updated version of the "Genie" engine, this game completed for the PC in late September 1995, and was one of the first Windows 95 games on the market. The Macintosh version followed in November 1995.

Cyberlore's smash hit, WarCraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal, was finished at the end of April '96. Published by Blizzard Entertainment and welcomed by glowing reviews, it exceeded sales expectations and easily earned its place in the elite pantheon of WarCraft's quality products. Computer Gaming World crowned it the best expansion set of the year.

In August '97 Cyberlore developed Heroes of Might and Magic II: The Price of Loyalty expansion for 3DO. It immediately joined the top ten best-selling games. Critics loved this turn-based strategy war game calling it "addictive," and with Computer Gaming World giving it a five star review. Not only did this set capture the look and feel of the original game, it added several new play-enhancing features.

Spring of '98 saw the release of Deadlock II:Shrine Wars, published by Accolade. A sequel to one of 1996's best-selling, turn-based strategy games, Deadlock 2 takes the original game to the next level with new units, buildings, technologies and an all-new interface. It is also be the first application of our phonetic editing system, used to create the game's animated alien characters.

In March, 2000, Cyberlore released Majesty®: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim’ to phenomenal reviews. Published by Hasbro Interactive, Majesty has garnered high praise from press and gamers alike. It earned Choosing Children's Software's Innovative Game of the Year Award and landed in CGW's list of the top five strategy games of the year. Cyberlore ported Majesty to the MacIntosh, and MacPlay released it in December, 2000 to five star reviews.

Cyberlore completed the feature packed expansion set, Majesty: The Northern Expansion, in 2000. It includes a bunch of new missions, monsters, buildings, spells and great multi-player enhancements.

Credited on 15 Games from 1994 to 2012

Majesty: Gold HD Edition (2012 on Windows)
Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim (2011 on J2ME, Android, iPad...)
Playboy: The Mansion (2005 on Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox)
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II (2004 on Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox...)
Risk: Global Domination (2003 on PlayStation 2)
MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries (2002 on Windows)
Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim - Gold Edition (2002 on Linux, Windows)
Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor (2001 on Windows)
Star Trek: Away Team (2001 on Windows)
Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim (2000 on Windows, Macintosh)
Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim (Demo Version) (1999 on Windows, Macintosh)
WarCraft II: Battle Chest (1999 on Windows, Macintosh)
Deadlock II: Shrine Wars (1998 on Windows)
World of Aden: Entomorph - Plague of the Darkfall (1995 on Windows, Windows 3.x, Macintosh)
Al-Qadim: The Genie's Curse (1994 on DOS, Linux, Windows...)

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September 10, 2005

The company cuts approximately two-thirds of its staff, due to the financial collapse of Hip Games earlier this year, which was the US publisher for their last title, Playboy: The Mansion, and the loss of an expected contract. There is still an add-on planned for the game, but after that, the company will retreat from commercial games and focus on projects for the government and the private sector.


Company incorporated.

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