Asobo Studio

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Asobo Studio
Type Private
Industry Interactive entertainment
Founded 2002
Founders Sébastien Wloch
David Dedeine
Ralph Musti
Martial Bossard
Nicolas Coquard
Cédric Rousseau
Frédéric Seiss
Franck Manon
Alain Guyet
Nicolas Becavin
Patrice Bourroncle
Andreas Nick
Headquarters Bordeaux, France
Key people Sébastien Wloch
David Dedeine
Products Kinect Rush
Toy Story 3
Racket Sports Party
Fuel
Up
WALL•E
Ratatouille
Revenue Increase5.3 millions EUR (2011)
Employees 80 (2012)
Website www.asobostudio.com

Asobo Studio is a French video game development company based in Bordeaux, France, that was founded in 2002 by 12 experienced video game developers. The studio has developed 13 video games for both consoles and PC, including video game adaptations of Pixar movies: Toy Story 3, Ratatouille, Up and WALL-E. Asobo Studio also developed an open world racing game for publisher Codemasters named Fuel, which was released in 2009 and more recently, in 2012, Kinect Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure, published by Microsoft.

History[edit]

In 2002, 12 video game enthusiasts, including Sebastian Wloch and David Dedeine, decided to team up : they bought the rights to the multiplayer PS2 game Super Farm and founded Asobo Studio. This very first game was published in 2003 by Ignition.

During the following years, the studio developed several games for various platforms (the studio has PC, MAC, PS2, Xbox, Gamecube, Wii, XBOX360 and PS3 development experience), until being chosen by publisher THQ to create the video game adaptation of Pixar Animation Studios Oscar-winning motion picture Ratatouille.

Thus Asobo started increasing its growth speed, recruiting about 20% new employees a year, leading to two separate production lines.

Since the collaboration with THQ and Pixar has turned to be a success, Asobo was selected to develop the video game adaptation of Pixar's following films WALL•E and Up.

During the 2008 Games Convention, the video game publisher Codemasters announced Fuel, a brand new racing game developed by Asobo Studio. Fuel was released in 2009 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and the PC.

The studio worked on Kinect Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure for Xbox 360 Kinect between 2010 and 2012. The game features a scanning process, enabling the player to create their own Pixar avatar, looking like them. The player can then team up with Pixar Heroes from Ratatouille, The Incredibles, Cars, Up and Toy Story and save the day in 15 thrilling adventures. The game was published by Microsoft and Disney Interactive Studios on March 2012, all over the world.

Games developed[edit]

Year Game Publisher Platform(s)
PS2 Xbox Win Mac GCN PSP Wii X360 PS3
2003 Super Farm Ignition Entertainment Yes No No No No No No No No
2004 Sitting Ducks LSP Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No
2004 The Mummy HIP Interactive Yes No Yes No No No No No No
2005 Nemesis Strike HIP Interactive Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No
2006 Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties Game Factory Yes No Yes No No No No No No
2007 Ratatouille THQ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No
2008 Wall-E THQ Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No No No
2009 Fuel Codemasters No No Yes No No No No Yes Yes
2009 Up THQ Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No No No
2010 Racket Sports Party Ubisoft No No No No No No Yes No No
2010 Toy Story 3: The Video Game Disney Interactive Studios Yes No No No No Yes No No No
2010 Racket Sports Ubisoft No No No No No No No No Yes
2012 Kinect Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure Microsoft Studios No No No No No No No Yes No
2014 The Crew Ubisoft No No No No No No No Yes No

Awards[edit]

  • Annie Award 2008 Best Animated Video Game for Ratatouille[1]
  • Gamespot Most Surprisingly Good Game Special Achievement 2008 for WALL•E PS2 (nominee)[2]
  • Gamespot Better Use of a Creative License Special Achievement 2008 for WALL•E PS2 (nominee)[2]
  • French Video Game Festival Milthon of Best consoles video game for WALL•E PS2 (nominee)[3]
  • Guinness World Records. Award for largest playable area in a console game for Fuel.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.imdb.com/Sections/Awards/Annie_Awards/2008
  2. ^ a b http://www.gamespot.com/ps2/action/walle/video/6202626/best-of-2008-special-achievements
  3. ^ http://www.afjv.com/press0808/080828_selection_prix_festival_jeu_video.htm
  4. ^ http://kotaku.com/5265942/fuel-is-the-biggest-console-game-ever

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