Big Huge Games, Inc.

Moby ID: 3702

Overview edit · view history

Big Huge Games was founded in February 2000 by four veteran game developers: Tim Train, David Inscore, Jason Coleman, and Brian Reynolds. These founding partners previously worked on classic strategy titles such as Civilization II, Colonization, and Alpha Centauri.

The company established the Rise of Nations strategy franchise, converted the Settles of Catan board game to the Xbox Live Arcade game Catan and developed The Asian Dynasties expansion for Ensemble Studios' Age of Empires III.

In January 2008, THQ confirmed to have acquired the company, but put it up for sale again more than a year later. In May 2009, 38 Studios confirmed to have acquired the company. Founder Brian Reynolds did not move along and went to work at Zynga.

Under the new ownership the studio developed the action RPG Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. Published by Electronic Arts, it was released in February 2012. The game did not meet the intended number of sales and all staff of Big Huge Games as well as parent company 38 Studios was confirmed to have been laid off on 24 May 2012, closing the studio.

In early June 2012, Michael Capps, president of Epic Games, confirmed the leadership of Big Huge Games came to Epic for help to keep the team together and found a new studio called Epic Baltimore. In February 2013 Epic founder Tim Sweeney confirmed that the company, renamed Impossible Studios in the meantime, had been closed. The members were offered the opportunity to reform the studio under the existing name.

In October 2014, it was announced that the name and logo of Big Huge Games was acquired by Brian Reynolds and Tim Train at an auction held by Rhode Island state following the bankruptcy of 38 Studios. The new Big Huge Games is currently working on DomiNations, a mobile strategy game under development since mid-2013.

Credited on 8 Games from 2003 to 2020

Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition (2020 on Windows, Windows Apps)
Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning (2020 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One...)
Rise of Nations: Extended Edition (2014 on Windows, Windows Apps)
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (2012 on Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)
Catan (2007 on Xbox 360)
Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends (2006 on Windows)
Rise of Nations: Gold Edition (2004 on Windows, Macintosh)
Rise of Nations (2003 on Windows)

History +

May 24, 2012

Company closed.

May 27, 2009

After THQ put it up for sale, the studio is acquired by 38 Studios.

January 14, 2008

Company acquired by THQ Inc.

February 2000

Founded by Tim Train, David Inscore, Jason Coleman, and Brian Reynolds.

Trivia +

Address in 2008:

Big Huge Games, Inc.

1954 Greenspring Drive, Suite 520

Timonium, Maryland 21093



Add your expertise to help preserve video game history! You can submit a correction or add the following: