Klei Entertainment

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Klei Entertainment Inc.
Type Private
Industry Computer and video game industry
Founded July 2005
Headquarters Vancouver, Canada
Key people Jamie Cheng and Jeffery Agala
Products Video games
Employees 35
Website http://www.kleientertainment.com

Klei Entertainment is an independent game development studio located in Vancouver, Canada. Klei was formed in July 2005 by Jamie Cheng. They are best known for their games Mark of the Ninja, Don't Starve, Eets, and Shank.

History[edit]

Klei Entertainment was formed in July 2005 by Jamie Cheng.[1] Prior to the formation of Klei, Cheng worked as an intern at Sega's Relic Entertainment studio, where he was a programmer.[1] As of October 2009, the company employs eleven.[2]

Their first title, Eets was first released March 27, 2006 for Microsoft Windows,[3] then for Mac OS X on December 9, 2010.[4][5] Between those two releases the game was ported to the Xbox 360 via the Xbox Live Arcade platform and released on April 25, 2007. Retitled Eets: Chowdown, this version featured 120 new levels and an action minigame called Marsho Madness.[6][7]

The company assisted with Slick Entertainment's N+, the Xbox Live Arcade port of the Adobe Flash game N.[8] In 2008 Klei developed Sugar Rush, a casual massively multiplayer online game.[9] They announced in late August 2010, that development had stopped and the game was canceled.[10] The company's fourth original title, Shank, was announced at Penny Arcade Expo 2009.[11] It was released on August 24, 2010 for the PlayStation 3, August 25, 2010 for the Xbox 360 and October 26, 2010 on for Microsoft Windows.[12]

Klei's most recent fully released game Don't Starve was released on April 23, 2013, and currently, they are working on Invisible Inc. (previously known as Incognita). Right now, the game is available for pre-order on their website at http://www.invisibleincgame.com/

Games developed by Klei Entertainment[edit]

Year Title Platform(s) Notes
Lin Mac Win NDS PS3 PS4 X360 PSP
2006 Eets No Yes Yes No No No No Yes
2008 N+ No No No Yes No No Yes Yes
2010 Sugar Rush No No Yes No No No No No Cancelled
2010 Shank Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No
2012 Shank 2 Yes No Yes No Yes No Yes No
2012 Mark of the Ninja Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes No
2012 Torchlight II No No Yes No No No No No Cinematics only
2013 Don't Starve Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No
TBA Eets Munchies
TBA Invisible, Inc. No No Yes No No No No No

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Wallis, Alistair (2006-09-29). "Road To The IGF: Klei Entertainment's Eets". Gamasutra. Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  2. ^ Remo, Chris (2009-10-22). "Q&A: Klei Founder Cheng Discusses Shank, Animation, Repression". Gamasutra. Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  3. ^ "Eets on Steam". Steam. 
  4. ^ Nelson, Randy (2010-12-09). "Eets unleashed on Mac, 75% off via Steam". Joystiq. Retrieved 2010-12-17. 
  5. ^ "Eets: Hunger it's Emotional". Kruger Heavy Industries. Retrieved 2010-12-17. 
  6. ^ Fahey, Mike (2007-04-23). "Another XBLA Double: Pinball and Eets". Kotaku. Retrieved 2010-12-17. 
  7. ^ "Eets: Chowdown - Xbox.com". xbox.com. Retrieved 2010-12-17. 
  8. ^ "Legend of Zelda remade in N+". Klei Entertainment. 2008-03-20. Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  9. ^ Greene, Maggie (2008-06-21). "Nexon's Sugar Rush Arena in Closed Beta". Kotaku. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  10. ^ "Sugar Rush Free-to-Play online arena combat game". Klei Entertainment. Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  11. ^ Tong, Sophia (2009-09-04). "Shank Hands-On". GameSpot. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
  12. ^ Cheng, Jamie (2010-03-04). "Klei signs with EA Partners for Shank". Klei Entertainment. Retrieved 2010-12-07. 

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