Moby ID: 4924
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Spark Unlimited is a game development studio founded in 2002 and headquartered in Sherman Oaks, California (USA). The establishment was started by Craig Allen, former Senior Vice President and General Manager of Jim Henson Interactive. He explored potential business partners at the Los Angeles Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in May of 2002, and a team was formed co-founded and lead by Scott Langteau as COO (a former producer for Electronic Arts on the Medal of Honor franchise) and Adrian Jones as CTO, until February 2004, (also formally with Electronic Arts as a Senior Engineer working on many Medal of Honor titles). After negotiations, Activision became the exclusive publishing partner and the studio was born in early August 2002.
The group was housed temporarily in Santa Monica office space while waiting for a permanent home to be created to suit the group's unique needs by architect John Reed in Sherman Oaks, California. Spark relocated business operations to Sherman Oaks in March 2003.
Based on the experience on the Medal of Honor franchise, the team was put to work to develop a new instalment in the Call of Duty series. It became the third game in the series and the first one exclusively made for consoles, Call of Duty: Finest Hour, released in November 2004.
In August 2005, the studio sued Activision for a breach of contract, claiming to have signed for a second and third game, and that Activision abandoned the contract after the first title. The publisher immediately counter-sued. Earlier that year, in March, the studio had already announced to develop games exclusively for Atari and the next Call of Duty game for consoles was indeed created by a different team.
Spark Unlimited then remained silent until 2008 when they released two titles at once, the war shooter Turning Point: Fall of Liberty for Codemasters in February, which was received poorly by the press, and the fantasy shooter Legendary in October for Atari and Gamecock, with slightly better but still poor reviews.
The team is currently working on Lost Planet 3, the third game in the Capcom franchise.
Credited on 5 Games from 2004 to 2014
|Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z (2014 on Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)|
|Lost Planet 3 (2013 on Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)|
|Legendary (2008 on Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)|
|Turning Point: Fall of Liberty (2008 on Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)|
|Call of Duty: Finest Hour (2004 on PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube)|
- August 2005
The company sues Activision, for which it developed Call of Duty: Finest Hour, over a breach of the development agreement. They claim a second and third game for the publisher were to be discussed, but Activision abandoned the relationship after the first game.
- August 2005
Activision counter-sues for fraud, breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, trade-mark infringement, false designation of origin, and false advertising.
- March 4th, 2005
The company announces a new partnership to develop titles exclusively for Atari.
- March 2003
The company relocates its business from Santa Monica to Sherman Oaks, California.
- August 2002
Company location and contact information (2007):
15000 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks, California 91403
email: [email protected]
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- 1 game with Codemasters Software Company Limited, The
- 1 game with Bandai Namco Entertainment UK Ltd.
- 1 game with Atari, Inc.
- 1 game with 1C Company
- 1 game with ESDigital Games
- 1 game with SouthPeak Interactive Corporation