Frontier Developments

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Frontier Developments
Public limited company
Industry Video game
Founded January 1994
Founder David Braben
Headquarters Cambridge, England
Key people
David Braben (CEO)
David Walsh (COO)
Jonny Watts (CCO)
Neil Armstrong (CFO)
Products Kinectimals
LostWinds Series
Thrillville Series
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3
Elite series
Wallace & Gromit series
Darxide
Dog's Life
Zoo Tycoon
Number of 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] It has produced several games in the Elite series, including 2014's Elite: Dangerous.

History[edit]

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 was released to PC on December 16th, 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 launched backers alpha for Elite: Dangerous in December. In 2015 the company released Screamride, a theme park construction and management simulation game for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The company is currently developing Coaster Park Tycoon, a construction and management simulation video game similar to the RollerCoaster Tycoon franchise. The game is set to be the second major self-published franchises from Frontier along with the Elite series.

Games developed[edit]

Year Title Publisher Platforms
1994 Frontier: Elite II GameTek, Konami Amiga CD32
1995 Frontier: First Encounters GameTek, Konami DOS, Windows, Mac, Linux
1995 Darxide Sega Sega 32X
1998 V2000 Grolier Interactive Windows, PS1
2000 Infestation Ubisoft Windows
2003 Darxide EMP Frontier Developments Pocket PC, Nokia Series 60 Mobile phones [7]
2003 Wallace & Gromit in Project Zoo BAM! Entertainment Windows, Xbox, PS1, GCN
2003 RollerCoaster Tycoon Infogrames Entertainment Xbox
2003 RollerCoaster Tycoon 2: Wacky World Infogrames Entertainment Windows
2003 RollerCoaster Tycoon 2: Time Twister Infogrames Entertainment Windows
2003 Dog's Life Sony Computer Entertainment PS2
2004 RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Atari, Inc. Windows, OS X
2005 RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Soaked! Atari, Inc. Windows, OS X
2005 RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Wild! Atari, Inc. Windows, OS X
2005 Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Konami PS2, Xbox, GCN
2006 Thrillville LucasArts PS2, Xbox, PSP
2007 Thrillville: Off the Rails LucasArts PS2, Xbox 360, PSP, DS, Wii, Windows
2008 LostWinds Frontier Developments iOS, WiiWare
2009 LostWinds 2: Winter of the Melodias Frontier Developments iOS, WiiWare
2010 Kinectimals Microsoft Game Studios Xbox 360, Windows Phone, iOS, Android
2011 Kinectimals: Now with Bears Microsoft Game Studios Xbox 360, Windows Phone, iOS, Android
2011 Kinect Disneyland Adventures Microsoft Game Studios Xbox 360
2012 Coaster Crazy [8] Frontier Developments iOS
2013 Zoo Tycoon Microsoft Game Studios Xbox One, Xbox 360
2013 Coaster Crazy Deluxe Frontier Developments Wii U
2014 Elite: Dangerous Frontier Developments Windows
2015 Screamride Microsoft Studios Xbox One, Xbox 360
2015 Elite: Dangerous Frontier Developments OS X, Xbox One
2016 Coaster Park Tycoon Frontier Developments Windows
TBA Tales From Deep Space Amazon Game Studios Fire
On hold The Outsider Frontier Developments PS3, Win, X360

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