1998 in video gaming
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1998 saw the release of many successful titles, including The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Half-Life, StarCraft, Metal Gear Solid, Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped, Resident Evil 2, Unreal, Fallout 2, Thief: The Dark Project, Grim Fandango, Baldur's Gate, Xenogears, The King of Fighters '98, SoulCalibur, Mario Party, Banjo-Kazooie, Spyro the Dragon, and Sonic Adventure.
- Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences hosts 1st Annual Interactive Achievement Awards; inducts Shigeru Miyamoto of Nintendo to the AIAS Hall of Fame
- British Academy of Film and Television Arts hosts the 1st annual BAFTA Interactive Entertainment Awards
- 4th annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3); the first annual Game Critics Awards for the Best of E3
- Game One channel (subsidiary of Canalplus); Infogrames Entertainment SA and Canal+ launch the Game One television channel.
- October 16, 1998 — DWANGO, an early online multiplayer service founded in 1994, ceases operation.
- November 9, 1998 — Loki Software, the first game porting house in the vein of MacSoft for Linux, was founded; the site LinuxGames was also established that year.
- November 27, 1998 — The Sega Dreamcast is launched in Japan with 4 launch titles, making it the last console to be released by Sega.
- 1998 — Interplay Productions changes its name to Interplay Entertainment.
|Release||Title||Windows||5th Gen||6th Gen||Handheld||Arcade||Notes|
|January 12||Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes||N/A||PS1||DC||N/A||Yes|
|January 21||Resident Evil 2||1999||PS1; N64 (1999)||DC (1999); GC (2003)||N/A||N/A|
|January 29||Panzer Dragoon Saga||N/A||Saturn||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|January 31||Gex: Enter the Gecko||N/A||PlayStation||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|February 26||Tenchu: Stealth Assassins||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|March 13||World Cup 98||April 30||PS1; N64 (May 18)||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|March 19||Descent: FreeSpace – The Great War||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|March 29||Parasite Eve||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|March 31||StarCraft||Yes||N64 (2000)||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|March 31||1080° Snowboarding||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|April 7||Warhammer: Dark Omen ||March 31 ||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|April 30||Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|April 30||Point Blank||N/A||PS1||N/A||DS (2005)||Yes (1994)|
|May 12||Gran Turismo||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|May 31||Jersey Devil||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|May 31||Vigilante 8||N/A||PS1, N64||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|July 14||F-Zero X||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|July 31||Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|July 31||Heart of Darkness||August 31||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|August 21||Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six||Yes||PS1, N64 (1999)||DC (2000)||N/A||N/A|
|August 31||Mega Man Legends||2001||PS1, N64 (2001)||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|September 1||MediEvil||N/A||PS1||N/A||PSP (2005)||N/A|
|September 3||Metal Gear Solid||2000||PS1||GC (2004)||N/A||N/A|
|September 10||Spyro the Dragon||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|September 10||Resident Evil: Director's Cut||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|September 27||Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit||Yes||PS1 (March 25)||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|September 30||Fallout 2||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|September 30||Shogo: Mobile Armor Division||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|September 30||Pokémon Red and Blue||N/A||N/A||N/A||GB||N/A|
|September 30||Rogue Trip: Vacation 2012||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|October 10||Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|October 21||Turok 2: Seeds of Evil||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|October 30||Grim Fandango||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|October 30||Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|October 30||Heretic 2||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|October 31||Blood II: The Chosen||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|October 31||Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus||Yes||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|October 31||No One Can Stop Mr. Domino!||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 1||Delta Force||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 10||Rush 2: Extreme Racing USA||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 19||Half-Life||Yes||N/A||PS2 (2001)||N/A||N/A|
|November 21||The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time||N/A||N64||GC (2002; 2003)||3DS (2011)||N/A|
|November 21||Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft||Yes||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 30||StarCraft: Brood War||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 30||Thief: The Dark Project||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 30||Baldur's Gate||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 30||The Settlers III||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 30||Starsiege: Tribes||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|December 3||Star Wars: Rogue Squadron||Yes||N64 (December 7)||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|December 4||Magic and Mayhem||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|December 12||Falcon 4.0||Yes||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|December 12||South Park||1999||N64, PC (1999), PS1 (1999)||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|December 14||Mario Party||N/A||N64||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|December 17||Suikoden II||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|December 23||Sonic Adventure||2004||N/A||DC; DX, GC (2003)||N/A||N/A|
|December 31||Akuji the Heartless||N/A||PS1||N/A||N/A||N/A|
- Nintendo's Game Boy Camera and Game Boy Color handheld console is released.
- Sega's Saturn is discounted in America and Europe.
- SNK's Neo Geo Pocket handheld released.
- Sega's Dreamcast, an Internet-ready 128-bit home console released in Japan and later in 1999 in US and the PAL regions.
- Bandai's WonderSwan handheld in Japan is released.
- Activision acquires CD Contact Data and Head Game Publishing
- Eidos Interactive acquires Crystal Dynamics
- Electronic Arts Inc. acquires Virgin Studio and Westwood Studios, Inc.
- Hasbro, Inc. acquires Atari Corporation (from JTS Corp.), MicroProse, and Tiger Electronics
- JTS Corp. (Atari Corporation) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
- BreakAway Games, Ltd. founded
- Elixir Studios Ltd. formed
- Lego Media established by Lego Group
- Metro3D, Inc. founded
- Rockstar Games founded
- Square Co. and Electronic Arts form Square Electronic Arts LLC to publish a wealth of Square Co. titles in the U.S.
- Havas, a subsidiary of Vivendi, acquires Cendant Software, which includes Sierra On-Line and Blizzard Entertainment
- Sunrise Interactive founded
- Troika Games founded
- WildTangent, Inc. founded