Lobotomy Studios

Moby ID: 2161

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  • Lobotomy Software, Inc. (from 1993 to 1998)

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Lobotomy Software was an American game development studio especially known for Powerslave (Exhumed in Europe) and their SEGA Saturn ports of Quake and Duke Nukem 3D. The studio was established in 1993 with a number of former employees of Nintendo of America for the creative side and from Manley & Associates for the engineering side. It originally operated out of the apartment of co-founder Paul Lange.

Lobotomy was eventually acquired by Crave Entertainment in 1998 and renamed Lobotomy Studios. The team worked on a Caesar's Palace gambling game on the Nintendo 64, but after a year of development the game was postponed and eventually cancelled. At that point Lobotomy Studios was closed and employees were let go or given the option to be relocated to another position at Crave. The next title the team would have worked on was a sequel to Powerslave.

Crave did however not acquire all talent with the takeover in 1998. Some employees chose not to make the transition, including Ezra Dreisbach (creator of Death Tank) who went on to find work at Snowblind Studios and currently works at Flat Games.

Credited on 10 Games from 1994 to 2022

PowerSlave: Exhumed (2022 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One...)
Powerslave (1996 on PlayStation, SEGA Saturn)
Microsoft Soccer (1996 on Windows)
Quake (1996 on Linux, DOS, Windows...)
Duke Nukem 3D (1996 on DOS, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn...)
Powerslave (1996 on DOS, Windows, Linux...)
Powerslave (Official Beta Version) (1995 on DOS)
Microsoft Bob (game included) (1995 on Windows 3.x)
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure (1994 on Windows, Game Boy Advance, SNES...)
Scholastic's The Magic School Bus Explores the Solar System (1994 on Windows 3.x)

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1998

Lobotomy Software is acquired by Crave Entertainment and renamed Lobotomy Studios.

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