Crystal Dynamics, Inc.
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Crystal Dynamics (Crystal), founded in 1992 by Judy Lang, Madaline Canepa and Dave Morris, is a leading publisher and developer of interactive entertainment software for the console and personal computer (“PC”) market.
The founders wanted the name of the company to reflect the “New Technology” Compact Discs (CD) that games would be played on. So they came up with a list of C and D names, tried different combinations and felt that Crystal Dynamics worked well together; Crystal for hard, solid foundation and Dynamics for fluid, ever changing industry. At its headquarters in Menlo Park, CA, the company operates similar to an independent film studio, internally develops and markets wholly owned properties, which are then distributed to the retail marketplace through strategic relationships with distribution partners. The company was the first to develop and publish a 32-bit console-format video game, Crash 'N Burn for the 3DO, which was also their first game. In late 1998, Crystal Dynamics became incorporated into Eidos.
Crystal develops its products internally and seeks to publish and develop interactive entertainment software titles that are, or have the potential to become, franchise titles that can be leveraged across several releases and/or platforms. Crystal Dynamics’ successful franchise properties include Tomb Raider, Legacy of Kain, and others.
On 2nd May 2022 Embracer Group AB entered into an agreement to acquire the studio along with Eidos Montréal and Square Enix Montréal from Square Enix. The acquisition was completed on 22nd August 2022. From then on the three studios form Embracer's 12th operative group under the leadership of Phil Rogers and his management teams.
Credited on 50 Games from 1993 to 2020
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|Marvel Avengers (2020 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One...)|
|Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)|
|Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration (2016 on Linux, Windows, Macintosh...)|
|Rise of the Tomb Raider (2015 on Linux, Windows, Xbox 360...)|
|Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris (2014 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One...)|
|Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (2014 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia)|
|Tomb Raider (2013 on Linux, Windows, Xbox 360...)|
|Deus Ex: Human Revolution (2011 on Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3...)|
|The Tomb Raider Trilogy (2011 on Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)|
|Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light (2010 on Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3...)|
|Batman: Arkham Asylum - Game of the Year Edition (2010 on Windows, Xbox 360, Macintosh...)|
|Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009 on Windows, Xbox 360, Macintosh...)|
|Tomb Raider: Underworld (2008 on Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360...)|
|Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - Anniversary (2007 on Windows, PlayStation 2, PSP...)|
|Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - Legend (2006 on Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox...)|
|25 to Life (2006 on Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox)|
|Project: Snowblind (2005 on Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox)|
|Whiplash (2003 on PlayStation 2, Xbox)|
|Legacy of Kain: Defiance (2003 on Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox)|
|The Legacy of Kain Series: Blood Omen 2 (2002 on Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox...)|
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Bought by Eidos
Location in 1994:
75 Willow Road, Suite 200
Menlo Park, CA 94025-3691
Location in 2008:
1300 Seaport Blvd. Suite 100
Redwood City, CA 94063
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Crystal Dynamics, Inc.
- 29 games with Square Enix Limited
- 19 games with Eidos, Inc.
- 17 games with Nixxes Software BV
- 13 games with Square Enix, Inc.
- 13 games with Valve Corporation
- 12 games with Eidos GmbH
- 11 games with Epic Games Tools LLC
- 11 games with BMG Interactive Entertainment
- 11 games with Eidos SARL
- 9 games with Eidos Montréal
- All games by Crystal Dynamics, Inc.
- Published by Crystal Dynamics, Inc.
- Developed by Crystal Dynamics, Inc.
- Additional Development by Crystal Dynamics, Inc.
- Ported by Crystal Dynamics, Inc.
- Distributed by Crystal Dynamics, Inc.
- Cutscenes by Crystal Dynamics, Inc.
- Game Engine by Crystal Dynamics, Inc.
- Graphic Engine by Crystal Dynamics, Inc.
- Testing by Crystal Dynamics, Inc.