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Midway Studios - Austin Inc.

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  • Inevitable Entertainment, Inc. (from 2000-03-23 to 2005-10-11)

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The company was founded as Inevitable Entertainment, Inc. on 23rd March 2000 by Russell Byrd, Craig Galley and Cyrus Lum and was located in Austin, Texas (USA). Prior to forming Inevitable Entertainment they were the three highest-ranking staffers at Acclaim Studios Austin. After their time with Acclaim they felt ready to move on, put their experience to the test, and build their own game development studio.

Under the Inevitable Entertainment name, the studio shipped three titles: the GameCube and Xbox ports of Defender (2002), Tribes: Aerial Assault (2002) and The Hobbit (2003). They were also working on Area-51 for Midway, but prior to the release Midway acquired the company in October 2004 and renamed it Midway Studios - Austin Inc. before it was completed and then released in 2005.

Two years later, the sequel BlackSite: Area 51 (2007) was released. The company's next project was the free-roaming game Career Criminal, with the involvement of Top Gun director Tony Scott, but in August 2008 the parent company announced that the game had been cancelled, and 90 to 130 people were laid off.

Midway eventually closed the studio completely in December 2008.

Credited on 6 Games from 2002 to 2009

Wheelman (2009 on Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3...)
BlackSite: Area 51 (2007 on Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)
Area-51 (2005 on Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox)
The Hobbit (2003 on Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox...)
Defender (2002 on PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube)
Tribes: Aerial Assault (2002 on PlayStation 2)

History +

December 16th, 2008

Midway Games Inc. announces to close the studio.

August 11th, 2008

About 90 to 130 people are laid off and the free-roaming game Career Criminal is cancelled. Top Gun director Tony Scott was involved with the project.

October 11th, 2004

Midway purchases Inevitable Entertainment and renames it to Midway Studios Austin.

March 23rd, 2000

Inevitable Entertainment was founded by Russell Byrd, Craig Galley, and Cyrus Lum

Trivia +

The company website, prior to the acquisition by Midway, was located at www.inevitable.com.

Contact information (August 2008)

Midway Studios - Austin Inc.

11400 Burnet Road

Building 2, Suite 2110

Austin, TX 78758


Phone: 512.682.0600


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