Legend Entertainment Company

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Legend Entertainment Company was a Northern Virginia-based developer started in 1989 by Bob Bates and Mike Verdu. Their early games were illustrated text adventures. In 1993, they broke from the text tradition with Companions of Xanth which was their first game to feature a point-and-click interface.

Since around 1993-1994 they have used different distributors for each game. If nothing else is noted below, they have distributed the game themselves.

In spite of their relative success up to fall 1995, they decided to stop publishing games themselves but instead focus on doing development work for other companies.

Then in 1999, Legend was acquired by GT Interactive. GT was subsequently acquired by Infogrames, which changed its name to Atari.

Atari closed Legend Entertainment in late 2003, after the Unreal II: eXpanded MultiPlayer add-on had been released.

Credited on 21 Games from 1990 to 2003

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Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003 on PlayStation 2, Xbox)
Unreal II: The Awakening (2003 on Windows, Xbox)
The Wheel of Time (1999 on Windows)
Unreal Mission Pack 1: Return to Na Pali (1999 on Windows)
John Saul's Blackstone Chronicles: An Adventure in Terror (1998 on Windows)
Callahan's Crosstime Saloon (1997 on DOS)
Star Control 3 (1996 on DOS, Windows, Macintosh)
The Lost Adventures of Legend (1996 on DOS)
Mission Critical (1995 on Linux, DOS, Windows...)
Shannara (1995 on DOS)
Death Gate (1994 on Linux, DOS, Windows...)
Superhero League of Hoboken (1994 on DOS, Macintosh, Linux...)
Companions of Xanth (1993 on DOS)
Eric the Unready (1993 on Linux, DOS, Windows...)
Gateway II: Homeworld (1993 on DOS)
Spellcasting: Party Pak (1993 on DOS, Macintosh, Windows...)
Frederik Pohl's Gateway (1992 on DOS, Windows)
Steve Meretzky's Spellcasting 301: Spring Break (1992 on DOS)
Spellcasting 201: The Sorcerer's Appliance (1991 on DOS)
Timequest (1991 on DOS, Windows)

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History +

January 16th, 2004

The company gets shut down by Atari, most likely due to the somewhat disappointing sales of Unreal II

January 6th, 1999

Legend was acquired by GT Interactive


GT Interactive Software aquired by Atari.

December 1998

Aquired by GT Interactive Software.


Legend founded

Trivia +

Location and contact information in Feb. 1995:

P.O. BOX 10810
14200 Park Meadow Drive
Chantilly, VA 22021-0810
Tel: 703-222-8500

Former company website: http://www.legendent.com/

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