Frontier Developments

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Frontier Developments
Type Public Limited Company
Industry Video game
Founded January 1994
Founder(s) David Braben
Headquarters Cambridge, UK
Products Kinectimals
LostWinds Series
Thrillville Series
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3
Frontier: Elite II & Frontier: First Encounters
Wallace and Gromit in Project Zoo & Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Dog's Life
Employees ~210
Website Frontier Official Site

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

Frontier Developments' first game First Encounters, second sequel to classic space sim game Elite and direct sequel to largely successful Frontier: Elite II, was forcefully released in 1995 by publisher Gametek, and despite excellent press reviews contained many bugs, which led to poor sales. Frontier Developments subsequently initiated legal action against Gametek, which was settled in 1999 in Frontier Developments' favour. Frontier Developments has been working on 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. It is planned to be released in spring of 2014, with backers' alpha confirmed in December 2013.

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. Company is also currently working on Coaster Crazy Wii U version.

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