Fatshark

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Fatshark
Type Private
Industry Interactive entertainment
Computer and video games
Founded 2008
Headquarters Stockholm, Sweden
Products Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West, Bionic Commando Rearmed 2, Hamilton's Great Adventure, Krater, War of the Roses, War of the Vikings, Cobalt, Escape Dead Island
Website www.fatshark.se

Fatshark is an independent video game development studio based in Stockholm, Sweden.[1][2] The studio is located in Stockholm close to the Southern Station. Fatshark acted as a subcontractor for several AAA titles for consoles and PC, and the studio also develops its own games.[3] The company's current name is a direct translation from Swedish slang meaning "to understand" or "to get it".[4]

History[edit]

It originated from a company called Northplay,[5] which subcontracted for various Swedish companies between 2003 and 2008.[4] The company is best known for its involvement with the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360; developing for both, Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 and versions of their PC game Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West.[6]

Released and future games[edit]

As a recent and smaller developer, Fatshark has had some degree of success with its early releases. In 2010, Fatshark released Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West for PC. Described as "Team Fortress 2 meets Wild West",[4] the game received a 7.0 rating from GameSpot.[7]

A subsequent 2011 release, Hamilton's Great Adventure was received as a surprising change in the developer's choice of gameplay and genre as it focused more on single-player elements with a relatively low learning curve.[8] Several gaming news outlets covered the company's 2012 release-announcement and footage of Krater, a role-playing video game.[9][10][11]

Fatshark later release War of the Roses in 2012, and received a 7.5 rating from GameSpot,[12] 8.0 rating from Eurogamer,[13] and was listed in the Guardian as one of the best games to play in the autumn of 2012.[14] The critics promoted the game for its innovativeness and “freshness”,[15] but also noted a rather steep learning curve.[16] War of the Vikings was later released in 2014 as the next installment in the War Franchise. The game added new features such as special attacks, a new Arena mode and the ability to throw weapons, and was set during the Viking Age rather than 15th century England.

In July 2014, the announcement trailer for Escape Dead Island was released.

Games[edit]

Title Year Platform(s)
Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West 2010 Steam, PlayStation 3
Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 2011 PlayStation 3, Xbox Live Arcade
Hamilton's Great Adventure 2011 Steam, PlayStation 3, Android
Krater 2012 Steam
War of the Roses 2012 Steam
War of the Vikings 2014 Steam
Escape Dead Island 2014 Steam, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fatshark AB profile page". Giant Bomb. Retrieved 2012-09-10. 
  2. ^ "Fatshark profile page". Mod DB. Retrieved 2012-09-10. 
  3. ^ "Fatshark official about page". Fatshark. Retrieved 2012-09-10. 
  4. ^ a b c "Exclusive Interview With Lead and Gold Developer Fatshark". THGTR. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  5. ^ Arnroth, Thomas (2011-03-24). "Flatshark reste sig ur ruinerna av Grin" [Fatshark rose from the ruin of Integrin] (in Swedish). IDG.se. Retrieved 2012-09-10. 
  6. ^ "Fatshark profile page". IGN. Retrieved 2012-09-10. 
  7. ^ Watters, Chris. "Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  8. ^ "'Hamilton's Great Adventure' (ALL) Developer Interview With Fatshark". Worthplaying.com. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  9. ^ O'Conner, Alice. "Fatshark announces post-apocalyptic action-RPG 'Krater'". Shack News. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  10. ^ Grayson, Nathan. "Fatshark announces post-apocalyptic RPG Krater, valiantly attempts to explain it". PC Gamer. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  11. ^ Parrish, Peter. "Fatshark is making a Krater". INCGamers. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  12. ^ Meunier, Nathan (5 October 2012). "War of the Roses Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-08-08. 
  13. ^ Dean, Paul (1 October 2012). "War of the Roses Review". EuroGamer. Retrieved 2014-08-08. 
  14. ^ Stewart, Keith (4 September 2012). "The Guardian Review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-08-08. 
  15. ^ http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-10-01-war-of-the-roses-review
  16. ^ Yasenchak, Randy. "ElderGeek War of the Roses Review". ElderGeek. ElderGeek. Retrieved 2014-08-08. 

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