Red Storm Entertainment

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Red Storm Entertainment
Type Subsidiary of Ubisoft
Industry Computer and video games
Founded 1996
Headquarters Cary, North Carolina, U.S.
Key people Tom Clancy, Doug Littlejohns, Steve Reid, Christian Allen
Products Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six series
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon series
Owners Ubisoft
Employees 130+
Parent Ubisoft
Website Red Storm Entertainment's official website

Red Storm Entertainment[1] (also known as Ubisoft Red Storm) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ubisoft Entertainment, specializing in video games and related merchandise, mainly based on the works of the writer Tom Clancy. The company develops and markets their own video games. The headquarters for Red Storm is currently located in Cary, North Carolina.

History[edit]

Tom Clancy and Doug Littlejohns, a British Royal Navy submarine captain, founded Red Storm Entertainment in 1996. Originally part of Virtus, the company released its first game – Tom Clancy's Politika, the first in the Power Plays series – in 1997. Based in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, Red Storm quickly gained a reputation with games like Dominant Species, one of the first 3D realtime strategy games. However, it was with Rainbow Six (1998) that the company firmly established itself commercially. In contrast to the run-and-gun first person shooters (FPS) that had gone before, Rainbow Six was the first true tactical FPS, a game that rewarded patience and planning as well as good aim and a keen eye. Developed alongside the novel of the same name, Rainbow Six introduced terms like "one shot, one kill" and "tango down" into the gamer lexicon. Its ground-breaking multiplayer action, including a new form of cooperative gameplay, set the standard for tactical multiplayer.

Red Storm followed on the success of Rainbow Six with a mission pack, Eagle Watch, and then in 2000 with a sequel, Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear. The company also expanded into turn-based strategy (ruthless.com and Shadow Watch) and military RTS (Force 21). In August 2000, Ubisoft purchased the studio.[2] At the time of the sale, Red Storm was already producing Ghost Recon.

Released in 2001, Ghost Recon won multiple "Game of the Year" awards. The Xbox version also marked the first time RSE ventured into in-house console development, and was the first[citation needed] Xbox Live title to truly take advantage of the possibilities of console multiplayer. Follow-up add-ons like Island Thunder continued to expand the world of the Ghosts, while Red Storm itself grew and moved offices to a new location in Morrisville, North Carolina. By 2003, Ubisoft was ready to consolidate its North Carolina operations. Ubisoft's other area studio, Sinister Games in downtown Raleigh, was integrated into Red Storm, with the central base of operations remaining at the Morrisville location.

In 2004, Red Storm released Ghost Recon 2, the follow-up to the original game, designed by now Lead Designer Christian Allen. Delivered on Xbox, it signaled the company's transition to primarily console development. It produced an add-on, Summit Strike, in 2005, which moved the action to Kazakhstan, as well as downloadable content, something which would become a hallmark[citation needed] of the franchise. More recently, Red Storm has developed the multiplayer aspects of both iterations of the Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter series. It won the BAFTA's Game of the Year and Best Technical Achievement awards in 2006.

Games developed by Red Storm Entertainment[edit]

PC games[edit]

Year Title Notes
1997 Tom Clancy's Politika First game developed by Red Storm Entertainment
1998 Dominant Species
1998 Tom Clancy's ruthless.com
1998 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six
1999 Rainbow Six: Eagle Watch Expansion pack for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six
1999 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear co-developed with Ubisoft Milan
1999 Force 21
2000 Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear: Urban Operations First expansion pack for Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear
2000 Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear: Covert Ops Second expansion pack for Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear
2000 Bang! Gunship Elite
2000 Shadow Watch
2000 Freedom: First Resistance
2001 Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear: Black Thorn Third expansion pack for Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear
2001 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon First game developed after acquired by Ubisoft
2002 Ghost Recon: Desert Siege First expansion pack for Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon
2002 Ghost Recon: Island Thunder Second expansion pack for Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon
2002 The Sum of All Fears
2003 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield co-developed with Ubisoft Milan and Ubisoft Montreal
2005 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Lockdown
2012 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier co-developed with Ubisoft Paris
2012 Far Cry 3 co-developed with Ubisoft Montreal
2014 Far Cry 4 co-developed with Ubisoft Montreal
2015 Tom Clancy's The Division co-developed with Ubisoft Massive and Ubisoft Reflections

Console games[edit]

Year Game Platform(s)
PS1 SD N64 GCN GBA PS2 Xbox PS3 X360 PS4 XBO
1999 Aironauts Yes No No No No No No No No No No
1999 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Yes No Yes No No No No No No No No
2000 Bang! Gunship Elite No Yes No No No No No No No No No
2000 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six No Yes No No No No No No No No No
2000 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear No Yes No No No No No No No No No
2001 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear Yes No No No No No No No No No No
2002 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Lone Wolf Yes No No No No No No No No No No
2002 The Sum of All Fears No No No Yes Yes No No No No No No
2002 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon No No No No No Yes Yes No No No No
2003 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon No No No Yes No No No No No No No
2003 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Island Thunder No No No No No No Yes No No No No
2004 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Jungle Storm No No No No No Yes No No No No No
2004 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2 No No No No No Yes Yes No No No No
2005 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2 No No No Yes No No No No No No No
2005 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2: Summit Strike No No No No No No Yes No No No No
2005 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Lockdown No No No Yes No Yes Yes No No No No
2006 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter No No No No No No No No Yes No No
2007 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 No No No No No No No Yes Yes No No
2007 America's Army: True Soldiers No No No No No No No No Yes No No
2012 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier No No No No No No No Yes Yes No No
2012 Far Cry 3 No No No No No No No Yes Yes No No
2014 Far Cry 4 No No No No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
2015 Tom Clancy's The Division No No No No No No No No No Yes Yes

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