|Type||Proprietary limited company|
|Industry||Computer and video game industry
|Headquarters||Fortitude Valley, Queensland|
|Key people||Robert Walsh, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder
Steve Stamatiadis, Creative Director and Co-founder
Lindsay Parmenter, Head of Development
Krome Studios is an Australian video game company. Its headquarters were in Brisbane and it previously had offices in Adelaide and Melbourne. Krome Studios was best known for their Ty the Tasmanian Tiger games and for revitalising the Spyro the Dragon series. The company was founded in 1999 by Robert Walsh, who is the CEO, Steve Stamatiadis, the creative director and John Passfield, the design director who left the company in 2005. Krome has created games for the Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, Wii, Game Boy Advance, Dreamcast, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, and PC. Krome has also developed for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PlayStation Portable, Windows Phone 7, iOS and Windows 8.
With studios located in Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide, Krome Studios employed over 300 full-time employees and is "responsible for approximately 25% of the professional game development workforce in Australia" (Krome Studios, 2006). Since establishment a decade ago Krome Studios are award winning developers that have created 19 titles on multiple platforms and languages consisting of 40 SKUs, including Ty the Tasmanian Tiger, Krome’s own IP and Platinum selling global videogame franchise.
In 2007, Krome Studios places on the Develop 100 List at #94 being the only Australian game development studio to make the list this year after releasing The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning the year before (2006). Three years later in 2010, Krome Studios was awarded the number 52 spot in the Develop 100 list, placing them alongside developers such as Sierra Entertainment, LucasArts, Epic Games, Activision, Blizzard Entertainment and Electronic Arts. Also in this year Krome Studios entered into a technology sharing agreement with Emergent Game Technologies, making them a leader in 3D video game engines.
On 18 August 2010, it was reported that Krome had closed down their Adelaide studios and made significant staff cuts to their Melbourne and Brisbane offices, with as many as 100 staff let go. On 18 October 2010, it was reported that all remaining staff were let go; however, on 1 November CEO Robert Walsh responded to an email sent by IGN stating that Krome Studios had not closed down.
In July 2012, Krome Studios re-opened their website which remained dormant since their fall in 2010, announcing that Ty the Tasmanian Tiger would return. Since then Krome have developed two games based on Ty the Tasmanian Tiger for iOS and PC. They have also developed several other titles for iOS, including Play Maker and Whole Wide World (for the child learning company, Fingerprint) and Toy Soldiers: Boot Camp, on Windows Phone 7.
- Championship Surfer (PlayStation, Dreamcast, Microsoft Windows) (2000)
- Sunny Garcia Surfing (PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube) (2001)
- Disney's Extremely Goofy Skateboarding, (Microsoft Windows XP, 98) (2001)
- Ty the Tasmanian Tiger (PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube) (2002)
- The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius: Jet Fusion (PlayStation 2, GameCube, Game Boy Advance) (2003)
- Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 2: Bush Rescue (PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Game Boy Advance) (2004)
- King Arthur (PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube) (2004)
- Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 3: Night of the Quinkan (PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Game Boy Advance) (2005)
- The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning (PlayStation 2, Xbox, Game Cube, Game Boy Advance) (2006)
- The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night (PlayStation 2, Wii) (2007)
- Viva Piñata: Party Animals (Xbox 360) (2007)
- Hellboy: The Science of Evil (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation Portable) (2008)
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (PlayStation 2, Wii, PlayStation Portable) (2008)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Lightsaber Duels, (Wii) (2008)
- Scene It? Box Office Smash (Xbox 360) (2008)
- Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, (PlayStation 2, Wii) (2009)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Republic Heroes (PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable) (2009)
- Game Room (Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Windows Phone 7) (2010)
- Blade Kitten (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows) (2010)
- Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii) (2010)
- Full House Poker (Xbox 360 and Windows Phone 7) (2011)
- Toy Soldiers: Boot Camp (Windows Phone 7) (2012)
- Playmaker (iOS) (2011)
- Whole Wide World (iOS) (2012)
- Bush Rescue HQ (Facebook) (2010)
- Ty The Tasmanian Tiger: Boomerang Blast (iOS) (2012)
- Ty The Tasmanian Tiger (Windows 8 Store, Xbox) (2013)
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- "Major Staff Cuts at Krome Studios". GamePron.com. 2010-08-19. Retrieved 2010-08-19.
- "Krome Closes Down". ign.com. 2010-10-17. Retrieved 2010-10-17.
- "Krome Studios to close doors on Monday, contractors will continue work". tsumea.com. 2010-10-15. Retrieved 2012-05-24.
- "Krome Studios: Things Fall Apart". ign.com. 2010-11-07. Retrieved 2011-07-12.
- "Krome Studios is back, and so is TY". Tsumea. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
- "Star Wars The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes Comes to the Rescue This September". Lucasarts. 2009-05-11. Retrieved 2009-05-19.