Bullfrog Productions

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Bullfrog Productions
Industry Interactive entertainment
Fate Merged
Successor(s) EA UK
Lionhead Studios
Mucky Foot Productions
Founded 1987
Founder(s) Peter Molyneux, Les Edgar
Defunct 2004
Headquarters Guildford, United Kingdom
Products Populous series
Syndicate series
Magic Carpet series
Theme series
Dungeon Keeper series
Website www.bullfrog.com (archived version until 2002-11-25)

Bullfrog Productions was a British computer game developer, founded in 1987 by Les Edgar and Peter Molyneux.[1] The company achieved recognition in 1989 for their third release, Populous.[2] At the time of the company's founding, Edgar and Molyneux were already involved in an enterprise called Taurus Impact Systems.[1] Bullfrog's name was derived from "Taurus" (the Latin word for bull) and Edgar's daughter's love of frogs.[citation needed] Electronic Arts, Bullfrog's publisher, acquired the studio in January 1995.[3] Molyneux had become an Electronic Arts vice-president and consultant in 1994, after EA purchased a significant share of Bullfrog. Molyneux's last project with Bullfrog was Dungeon Keeper and he left the company in August 1997 to found Lionhead Studios.[4] Other members of the studio founded Mucky Foot Productions in 1998.[5] The last titles to bear the Bullfrog logo were published in 2001. Bullfrog cancelled many projects, such as The Indestructibles in the mid-1990s, Creation in 1997, Void Star in 1998, Theme Resort and Genesis: The Hand of God in 1999, and Dungeon Keeper 3: War for the Overworld along with Theme Movie Studio both in 2000, to mention a few.[6][7][8]

In 2004, Bullfrog Productions was merged with EA UK, effectively closing the studio. Les Edgar became EA's Vice President of European Studios.[2] In August 2009, Electronics Arts was considering revising some of Bullfrog's games for modern-day systems,[9] and in 2011 they signed a deal with Good Old Games in order to do this.[citation needed]



  1. ^ a b Dulin, Ron. "GameSpot Presents Legends of Game Design: Peter Molyneux". GameSpot. Archived from the original on 30 August 2005. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Porter, Will. "PC Feature: 30 in 30: Bullfrog Productions - ComputerAndVideoGames.com". Computer and Video Games. Future Publishing. Retrieved 27 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Business Wire (1992-09-21). "Electronic Arts to acquire leading European software developer, Bullfrog Productions Ltd.". AllBusiness. Retrieved 2008-04-13. [dead link]
  4. ^ Dulin, Ron. "GameSpot Presents Legends of Game Design: Peter Molyneux". GameSpot. Archived from the original on 1 September 2003. Retrieved 27 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Thorsen, Tor (3 November 2003). "Mucky Foot shutters doors - GameSpot.com". GameSpot. Retrieved 27 April 2012. 
  6. ^ Christian Donlan (2014-02-09). "The lost worlds of Lionhead and Bullfrog". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  7. ^ Ernest Adams. "Game credits". Retrieved 2014-07-18. 
  8. ^ Alex Trowers. "Gameraki: The ones that got away". Retrieved 2014-07-19. 
  9. ^ Joe Martin (11 August 2009). "EA looking to revive classic Bullfrog games". Dennis Publishing Limited. Retrieved 26 March 2010. 

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