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ASCARON Entertainment GmbH

Moby ID: 1694

  • Ascon GmbH (from 1991-08-08 to 1996-10)

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Ascaron was a computer game company headquartered in Gütersloh, Germany. The company was founded in 1991 under the name Ascon by Holger Flöttmann and developed entertainment software for the German market for 18 years, with games franchises like Patrician, Port Royale, Anstoss (On the Ball) and Sacred. Later it also became known for its publishing and distribution activities.

In August 2001, the company went into administration for the first time. However, the reestablishment of the company keeping all IPRs and brands made it possible for Ascaron to continue its operative business and to survive.

In July 2002, Ascaron expanded by opening a wholly-owned subsidiary, Studio II Software in the University City, Aachen (Germany) and in September 2002, the first international office, Ascaron Entertainment (UK) Ltd. with its main office in Birmingham, was founded.

After many years of continuity the company got into financial difficulties once more. According to a spokesman of Ascaron this was due to immense costs and extended time for the development of Sacred 2: Fallen Angel. On 14 April 2009, Ascaron Entertainment went into administration again. This time, the company did not recover and negotiations began with "several well-known interested parties" to discuss a positive takeover.

In June 2009, Kalypso Media acquired the majority of licenses and assets of company when the firm entered insolvency. Among the intellectual properties acquired were Port Royale, Darkstar One, Anstoss (On the Ball) and Patrician. However, certain titles distributed online by Strategy First since 2008 would remain with the latter.

On 18 June 2009, it was announced that fifteen former employees of Ascaron would be part of Kalypso's newly acquired studio Gaming Minds Studios.

The Sacred intellectual property would be fully acquired by its European publisher, Koch Media, following the release of the last ASCARON-branded title, Sacred 2: Ice & Blood in August 2009.

Credited on 44 Games from 1991 to 2009

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The Patrician 1+2 (2009 on Windows)
Sacred 2: Fallen Angel (Premium Games) (2009 on Windows)
Sacred 2: Fallen Angel (2008 on Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3...)
Tortuga: Two Treasures (2007 on Windows)
Ascaron Collections Vol. 2 (2007 on Windows)
Ascaron Collections (2006 on Windows)
Anstoss 2007: Der Fußballmanager (2006 on Windows)
Glory of the Roman Empire (2006 on Windows)
Darkstar One (2006 on Windows, Xbox 360, OnLive)
Sacred: Neue Auflage (Big Pack) (2006 on Windows)
Darkstar One: Collector's Edition (2006 on Windows)
Tortuga: Two Treasures Jubiläumsedition (2006 on Windows)
Sacred: Gold (2005 on Linux, Windows)
Anstoss 2005: Der Fussballmanager (2004 on Windows)
The Great Art Race (2004 on Windows)
Arena Wars (2004 on Windows)
Port Royale 2 (2004 on Windows, OnLive)
Sacred (2004 on Windows)
Pirate Hunter: Seize & Destroy (2003 on Windows)
Anstoss 4: Der Fußballmanager - Edition 03/04 (2003 on Windows)

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History +

April 14, 2009

The company goes into administration.

October 21, 2005

The company announces to launch a new development studio and a subsidiary quality assurance company called Quality Four GmbH, both in Potsdam, Germany.

September 2002

Opening of an office in the UK. ASCARON Entertainment UK to manage release of ASCARON titles internationally.

October 1996

Change of company name to ASCARON.

December 1993

Publishing of "The Patrician" (German: "Der Patrizier") in the USA; first publishing outside of Germany.

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Trivia +

Office address:

Ascaron Entertainment GmbH

Verler Str. 6

D - 33332 Gütersloh

Tel: +49 (0) 5241 - 96 66 - 0

Fax: +49 (0) 5241 - 96 66 - 10


Related Web Sites +

  • Die Akte Ascaron
    An article from the German gaming magazine GameStar which discusses ASCARON's company history and the reasons for its demise. (German)
  • Ascapedia
    A fan wiki about ASCARON and its games (German)


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