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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 Mastertronic. 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 the 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.

Credited on 103 Games from 1990 to 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)
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)
Beyond Atlantis II (2001 on Windows, PlayStation 2, iPad...)

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History +

October 15, 2002

The trading court of Paris accepted a takeover proposal (after intensive bidding and negotiations) for Cryo Interactive by DreamCatcher Interactive, its own North American subsidiary. Most company assets and people were bought out by DreamCatcher thus forming the basis for DreamCatcher Europe.

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.

1996

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

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Trivia +

Company location and contact information (1998):

Cryo-Interactive

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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