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Looking Glass Studios, Inc.


Looking Glass Studios, Inc. was a development studio based in Cambridge, MA (USA). It was formed in 1992 through the merger of Blue Sky Productions and Lerner Research. The most prominent developer at the studio was Warren Spector. Some of the most important franchises the team worked on are Flight Unlimited, the Thief series, and the System Shock games.

The company was shut down three months after releasing Thief II: The Metal Age and about 60 employees were let go when their publisher Eidos was hit with a financial crisis.

Employees trickled down to studios such as Mad Doc Software, Ion Storm Inc. and Irrational Games where their influences are still visible in the Deus Ex franchise, and BioShock, the spiritual successor to System Shock 2.

Also Known As

  • Looking Glass Technologies, Inc. (from 1992 to 1996)


Command & Conquer: Remastered Collection(2020)
System Shock: Enhanced Edition(2015)
Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss and Labyrinth of Worlds(2011)
Jane's Combat Simulations: Attack Squadron(2002)
Thief II: The Metal Age(2000)
Thief: Gold(1999)
Destruction Derby 64(1999)
System Shock 2(1999)
Command & Conquer(1999)
Flight Unlimited III(1999)
Thief: The Dark Project(1998)
British Open Championship Golf(1997)
Flight Unlimited II(1997)
Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri(1996)
Flight Unlimited(1995)
Links 386 CD(1995)
PGA Tour Golf II(1994)
System Shock(1994)
Chuck Yeager's Air Combat(1993)
Ultima Underworld II: Labyrinth of Worlds(1993)
John Madden Football '93(1992)


Location and contact info, Redmond studio, as of March 2000:

Looking Glass Studios
8353 154th Ave NE
Redmond, WA 98052

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