Climax Group

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Not to be confused with Climax Entertainment.


Climax Group was a UK video game development company founded in 1999 by the merger of four UK games studios: Climax Studios in Portsmouth, Syrox Developments in Kingston and Pixel Planet in Brighton along with a new studio founded by former staff of Charybdis in Nottingham. Later, a studio was also opened in Santa Monica, California and called Climax LA.

At their climax the group employed nearly 500 people, with each studio focusing on a specific genre or platform:

  • Climax Solent: character action games
  • Climax Brighton: racing games
  • Climax Nottingham: MMO games
  • Climax London: mobile games
  • Climax LA: US projects & business development

In 2006 Climax Racing (formerly Climax Brighton) was acquired by Disney Interactive Studios[1] and rebranded Black Rock Studios. Key team members of Climax Nottingham went on to found Monumental Games using the technology and other assets from that company. Climax London was closed and its projects and people taken over by Climax Studios in Portsmouth. Climax LA ceased game development and focused exclusively on business development for Climax Studios.

Black Rock Studios was shuttered by Disney in 2011. Monumental Games ceased trading in 2012. Climax Studios is still open.

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