Ready at Dawn

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Ready at Dawn Studios LLC
Type Private
Industry Game development
Founded 2003
Headquarters Irvine, California, USA
Key people Ru Weerasuriya (CEO)
Products Daxter
The Order: 1886
Website http://www.readyatdawn.com/

Ready at Dawn Studios LLC is an American video game developer located in Irvine, California and is composed of former members of Naughty Dog[1] and Blizzard Entertainment.[2] Formed in 2003, the company has primarily worked on games for the PlayStation Portable (PSP), most notably the Sony Computer Entertainment intellectual property God of War and Daxter.

History[edit]

Ready at Dawn was founded in 2003 in Irvine, California, USA by Ru Weerasuriya, Andrea Pessino, Didier Malenfant, and former members of the Sony Computer Entertainment subsidiary Naughty Dog.[1] They released their first game, Daxter. The company finished working on their second PSP game, God of War: Chains of Olympus[3] as well as a Wii port of Ōkami, with added motion controls.[4] In June 2008 it was confirmed that the company have ceased developing games for the PSP, and that they had returned the relevant development kits to Sony.[5] However, reports claim that the developer received new development kits after returning. Their next game was God of War: Ghost of Sparta, collaboratively developed with Sony's Santa Monica Studio for the PSP, with their new proprietary engine. Ready at Dawn released the God of War: Origins Collection for the PlayStation 3 on September 13, 2011. This collection is a port of their two God of War games for the PSP, Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta, to the PS3 with high-definition graphics, DualShock 3 support, Trophies, and Stereoscopic 3D, the first God of War release to support this feature.

Ready at Dawn licensed ProFX, a technology to procedurally generate texture files, reducing their size.[6] In October 2009, Ready at Dawn began working on a new game engine. The Ready At Dawn Engine is said to be a wholly console-centric platform, integrated with a suite of third-party tools that require no additional license. These tools include 3D content editing, audio, user interface and asset management systems.[7] In July 2010, it was announced that Ready at Dawn had made thirteen employees redundant, citing difficulties in finding funding between projects behind the redundancies.[8] In early 2012, the company began hiring for the development of a third-person action-adventure game for a "next generation home console game system."[9] The game was later revealed at E3 2013 as The Order: 1886.

Works[edit]

Game title US release date Platform Metacritic
Daxter March 14, 2006 PlayStation Portable 85/100[10]
God of War: Chains of Olympus March 4, 2008 PlayStation Portable 91/100[11]
Ōkami April 15, 2008 Wii 90/100[12]
God of War: Ghost of Sparta November 2, 2010 PlayStation Portable 86/100[13]
God of War: Origins Collection September 13, 2011 PlayStation 3 84/100[14]
The Order: 1886 February 20, 2015 PlayStation 4 Pending

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Naughty Dog director lured to Ready At Dawn by new IP". joystiq.com. 2007-08-03. Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  2. ^ "E3 2014: Game developer Ready at Dawn rolls the dice with ‘The Order: 1886′". LATimes.com. 2014-06-10. Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  3. ^ Roper, Chris (March 13, 2007). "God of War for PSP Confirmed". IGN. Retrieved February 28, 2012. 
  4. ^ Bramwell, Tom (October 18, 2007). "Okami confirmed for Wii". Eurogamer. Retrieved February 28, 2012. 
  5. ^ Martin, Matt (June 10, 2008). "Ready at Dawn officially finished with PSP development". gamesindustry.biz. Eurogamer. Retrieved February 28, 2012. 
  6. ^ Remo, Chris (August 12, 2008). "Ready At Dawn Licenses Allegorithmic's ProFX". Gamasutra. UBM plc. Retrieved September 1, 2008. 
  7. ^ Crossley, Rob (October 12, 2008). "Ready At Dawn declares war with new engine". Develop. Intent Media. Retrieved February 28, 2012. 
  8. ^ Thorsen, Tor (July 14, 2010). "God of War PSP studio axes 13". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  9. ^ Spencer (February 28, 2012). "Ready At Dawn Ramping Up For New Third Person Action/Adventure Game". Siliconera. Retrieved February 28, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Daxter for PSP". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved February 28, 2012. 
  11. ^ "God of War: Chains of Olympus for PSP". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved February 28, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Okami for Wii". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved February 28, 2012. 
  13. ^ "God of War: Ghost of Sparta for PSP". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved February 28, 2012. 
  14. ^ God of War Origins Collection for PlayStation 3 Reviews - Metacritic

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