Frontier Developments

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Frontier Developments
Type Public limited company
Industry Video game
Founded January 1994
Founders David Braben
Headquarters Cambridge, England
Products Kinectimals
LostWinds Series
Thrillville Series
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3
Elite series
Wallace & Gromit series
Darxide
Dog's Life
Zoo Tycoon
Employees 240 (June 2014)[1]
Website Frontier Official Site

Frontier Developments is a British video game developer based in Cambridge, England. It is a public limited company and was incorporated in January 1994. The company is headed by David Braben, in the position of CEO.[2]

Frontier Developments' first game was the 1993 Amiga CD32 port of the largely successful Frontier: Elite II followed by Frontier: First Encounters, second sequel to the seminal 1984 game Elite by Acornsoft. The company describes the original Elite as a "Game by Frontier",[3] in its back catalogue during the company's 2013 sale of shares to the public,[4] with David Braben owning all rights to the game assigned to the company in 2008.[5]

Frontier Developments had been planning a new Elite sequel, under the working title Elite 4, since 1998. The company completed a successful Kickstarter campaign at the end of 2012, where the new sequel's name Elite: Dangerous was revealed. Early-access versions of the game have been playable by backers since December 2013. The full game is expected to be released in the fourth quarter of 2014.[6]

Frontier Developments has made many other games, including Dog's Life, Thrillville, and RollerCoaster Tycoon 3. The company also made games for the Wallace and Gromit franchise, and has released Wallace and Gromit in Project Zoo, and a tie-in game for Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. In 2008, Frontier released LostWinds, a launch title for Nintendo's WiiWare platform. It received critical acclaim, scoring 81% on Metacritic. It was followed up with a sequel in 2009, entitled LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias, which scored 86% on Metacritic. In 2010, Frontier developed Kinectimals for Microsoft's Kinect controller on the Xbox 360. In 2011 Kinect Disneyland Adventures and Kinectimals: Now With Bears were developed, along with ports of LostWinds for iOS and Kinectimals for iOS and Windows Phone. In 2012, Frontier released Coaster Crazy, and started to work on Elite: Dangerous Kickstarter, which successfully closed at the very start of 2013. In 2013, Frontier released Xbox One/Xbox 360 exclusive Zoo Tycoon, published by Microsoft Studios, and will launch backers alpha for Elite: Dangerous in December. Another project the studio is working on is Screamride, a theme park construction and management simulation game for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Games developed[edit]

Year Title Publisher Platforms
1994 Frontier: Elite II GameTek, Konami Amiga CD32
1995 Frontier: First Encounters GameTek, Konami DOS, Win, Mac, Linux
1995 Darxide Sega Sega 32X
1998 V2000 Grolier Interactive Win, PS1
2000 Infestation Ubisoft Win
2003 Darxide EMP Frontier Developments PPC, Nokia Series 60 Mobile phones [7]
2003 Wallace & Gromit in Project Zoo BAM! Entertainment Win, Xbox, PS1, NGC
2003 RollerCoaster Tycoon Infogrames Entertainment Xbox
2003 RollerCoaster Tycoon 2: Wacky World Infogrames Entertainment Win
2003 RollerCoaster Tycoon 2: Time Twister Infogrames Entertainment Win
2003 Dog's Life Sony Computer Entertainment PS2
2004 RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Atari, Inc. Win, Mac OS X
2005 RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Soaked! Atari, Inc. Win, Mac OS X
2005 RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Wild! Atari, Inc. Win, Mac OS X
2005 Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Konami PS2, Xbox, NGC
2006 Thrillville LucasArts PS2, Xbox, PSP
2007 Thrillville: Off the Rails LucasArts PS2, X360, PSP, NDS, Wii, Win
2008 LostWinds Frontier Developments iOS, WiiWare
2009 LostWinds 2: Winter of the Melodias Frontier Developments iOS, WiiWare
2010 Kinectimals Microsoft Game Studios X360, WP, iOS, Android
2011 Kinectimals: Now with Bears Microsoft Game Studios X360, WP, iOS, Android
2011 Kinect Disneyland Adventures Microsoft Game Studios X360
2012 Coaster Crazy [8] Frontier Developments iOS
2013 Zoo Tycoon Microsoft Game Studios XBO, X360
2013 Coaster Crazy Deluxe Frontier Developments WiiU
2014 Elite: Dangerous Frontier Developments Win, Mac OS X Coming in January 2015
2015 Screamride Microsoft Studios XBO, X360
TBA Tales From Deep Space Amazon Game Studios Fire
On hold The Outsider Frontier Developments PS3, Win, X360

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