|Type||Subsidiary of Activision|
|Industry||Computer and video games
|Headquarters||Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.|
|Key people||Brian Raffel (founder)
Steve Raffel (co-founder)
Raven Software (or Raven Entertainment Software, Inc.) is an American video game developer. The company was founded in 1990 by brothers Brian and Steve Raffel. In 1997, Raven made an exclusive publishing deal with Activision and was subsequently acquired by them. After the acquisition, much of the studio's original talent responsible for creating the Heretic and Hexen: Beyond Heretic games left to form Human Head Studios.
Raven has a history of working with id Software: After using id's engines for many of their games (from Heretic in 1994), they took over development of id's Quake franchise for Quake 4 and the new iteration of id's Wolfenstein series. A major layoff at the company occurred in August 2009 after the poor performance of Wolfenstein, followed by another in October 2010 after delays with Singularity. On January 27, 2012 Raven Software announced that they were hiring motion capture actors for an unknown title. Many have assumed that this is Singularity 2, however Activision said that they refused to help fund anymore of Ravens projects, and since then they have not released any more information on the project.
Games developed 
- Black Crypt (1992)
- Shadowcaster (1993)
- CyClones (1994)
- Heretic (1994)
- Hexen: Beyond Heretic (1995)
- Necrodome (1996)
- Mageslayer (1997)
- Take No Prisoners (1997)
- Hexen II (1997)
- Heretic II (1998)
- Soldier of Fortune (2000)
- Star Trek: Voyager – Elite Force (2000)
- Star Trek: Voyager Elite Force: Virtual Voyager (2001)
- Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast (2002)
- Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix (2002)
- Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy (2003)
- X-Men Legends (2004)
- X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse (2005)
- Quake 4 (2005)
- Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (2006)
- X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
- Wolfenstein (2009)
- Singularity (2010)
- Call of Duty: Black Ops (DLC, user interface) (2010)
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (DLC, user interface) (2011)
- Singularity 2 (rumored)
- "id Software and Activision, Inc. Confirm Wolfenstein(R) for the Xbox 360 Video Game and Entertainment System". PR Newswire. 2005-10-05.
- Ivan, Tom. "Raven Software Hit By Layoffs".
- "Raven Software loses more staff".
- gamerzines (2011-07-20). "Infinity Ward clarifies Raven's involvement with CoD franchise". gamerzines.com.
- Raven Software official website
- Raven Software entry at MobyGames
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