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Cryo Interactive Entertainment

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In 1990, the development team Exxos left parent company ERE Informatique and changed its name to Cryo.

Their first game, Extase, was released the following year, published by Virgin. Cryo was not a registered company at this time, just a development team. Their original logo showed what would become the familiar Cryo logo-image (a woman's face, in a cryo-tube), set inside an inverted form of the Exxos logo-image.

In 1992, Cryo Interactive Entertainment became an official company, with three co-directors; Philippe Ulrich, Remi Herbulot and Jean-Martial Lefranc.

They had great success with their next game, Dune, which was published that year, also by Virgin. A wide variety of games followed, including early CD-ROM best-seller MegaRace and interactive adventures like Lost Eden and Atlantis: The Lost Tales. Cryo's games were published either by Virgin or Mindscape until 1996, when Cryo became its own publisher within Europe.

In early 2000 Cryo expanded into Belgium and Holland by acquiring Home Soft. This was soon followed by their new partnership with the Canadian company Dreamcatcher Interactive, in which Cryo became the new majority shareholder.

In July 2002, the company filed for bankruptcy shortly after Frank Herbert's Dune had flopped. Parts of the company were absorbed by DreamCatcher Interactive, who had published Cryo's games in North America since 1996. Successful series like Cryo's Atlantis Series were continued under the new label Atlantis Interactive Entertainment.

In October 2008 MC2-Microïds announced to have acquired the intellectual rights to all of the former Cryo Interactive video games catalogue as well as all of the Cryo brands.

103 Games Released (1990 - 2009)

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Megarace: Megarace + Megarace 2 (2009 on Windows, Macintosh)
Versailles 1685 & Versailles II (2006 on Windows, DOS)
Atlantis Trilogy (2003 on Windows)
Salammbo: Battle for Carthage (2002 on Windows)
Curse of Atlantis: Thorgal's Quest (2002 on Windows)
Gore: Ultimate Soldier (2002 on Windows)
Agassi Tennis Generation 2002 (2002 on Windows, PlayStation 2)
La Prisión: La fuga de Don Vitto (2002 on Windows)
Universal Monsters: Monsterville (2002 on Windows)
The Mystery of the Nautilus (2002 on Windows)
Stealth Combat (2002 on Windows)
Jerusalem: The Three Roads to the Holy Land (2002 on Windows, Macintosh)
Egypt Kids (2001 on Windows)
Frank Herbert's Dune (2001 on Windows, PlayStation 2)
MegaRace: MR3 (2001 on Windows, PlayStation 2)
Woody Woodpecker: Escape from Buzz Buzzard Park (2001 on Windows, PlayStation 2)
Versailles II: Le Testament (Édition Limitée) (2001 on Windows)
Versailles II: Testament of the King (2001 on Windows)
From Dusk Till Dawn (2001 on Windows)
The Shadow of Zorro (2001 on Windows, PlayStation 2)

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July 2002

Cryo Files for Bankruptcy with the French courts.

May 2000

Cryo Interactive Entertainment acquires HomeSoft from Infogrames.

March 2000

Cryo becomes majority shareholder in the North American company Dreamcatcher Interactive.


Cryo Interactive begins publishing its own games, specializing largely in the adventure genre.


Cryo Interactive Entertainment founded by Jean-Martial Lefranc, Rémi Herbulot, and Philippe Ulrich in France.

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Company location and contact information (1998):


24 rue Marc Seguin

75018 Paris France

Phone: (33) 01 44 65 25 65

Fax: (33) 01 46 07 71 05

Website: http://www.cryo-interactive.com

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