|Subsidiary of Activision|
|Industry||Computer and video games
|Headquarters||Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.|
|Brian Raffel (founder)
Steve Raffel (co-founder)
Number of employees
Raven Software (or Raven Entertainment Software, Inc.) is an American video game developing company based in Wisconsin and founded in 1990. 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 developers, largely responsible for creating the Heretic and Hexen: Beyond Heretic games, left to form Human Head Studios.
Raven Software was founded in 1990 by brothers Brian and Steve Raffel. The company was independent until 1997 when it looked for a buyer; eventually being bought by Activision due to their happiness to leave the studio relatively untouched. When Raven Software was acquired it lost many employees who distrusted Activision and were afraid that it would ruin their corporate culture.
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.
The company started off with three development teams, cut to two from the major layoffs, of 30-35 staff, which occurred in August 2009 following the poor performance and possible over-budget of Wolfenstein. The amount of teams reduced to one as a result of more layoffs in October 2010 after delays with Singularity in which as many as 40 staff were released.
|Heretic||Mac OS, MS-DOS|
|1995||Hexen: Beyond Heretic||Mac OS, MS-DOS, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, Sega Saturn|
|1996||Heretic: Shadow of the Serpent Riders||DOS, Microsoft Windows|
|Deathkings of the Dark Citadel||DOS, Mac OS , Microsoft Windows|
|1997||Take No Prisoners||Microsoft Windows|
|Hexen II||Mac OS, Microsoft Windows|
|1998||Hexen II Mission Pack: Portal of Praevus||Microsoft Windows|
|Heretic II||AmigaOS, Mac OS, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Linux|
|2000||Soldier of Fortune||Dreamcast, Linux, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2|
|Star Trek: Voyager – Elite Force||Mac OS, Microsoft Windows|
|2001||Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force: Virtual Voyager||Microsoft Windows|
|2002||Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast||Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows|
|Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix||Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows|
|2003||Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy||Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows|
|2004||X-Men Legends||GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox|
|2005||X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse||GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox|
|Quake 4||Linux, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360|
|2006||Marvel: Ultimate Alliance||PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox, Xbox 360|
|2009||X-Men Origins: Wolverine||Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360|
|Wolfenstein||Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360|
|2010||Singularity||Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360|
|Call of Duty: Black Ops (DLC, user interface)||Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360|
|2011||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Multiplayer, Singleplayer (elements), DLC, user interface)||Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360|
|2013||Call of Duty: Ghosts (Multiplayer, Singleplayer (elements), DLC)||Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One|
|2014||Call of Duty Online||Microsoft Windows|
|2014||Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Multiplayer, Exo Zombies, DLC)||Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One|
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