Sumo Digital

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Sumo Digital
Private
Industry Video games
Founded 2003
Headquarters Sheffield, United Kingdom
Key people
Carl Cavers
Paul Porter
Darren Mills
Chris Stockton
Ken Beaty
Number of employees
270
Website Official Website

Sumo Digital Ltd. is an independent game development studio based in Sheffield, United Kingdom. Set up in 2003 following the closure of Infogrames Studios Sheffield/Gremlin Interactive.[1][2] Sumo currently employs more than 270 development staff,[3] many of whom had previously worked together at Infogrames and Gremlin.[4]

History[edit]

The company was formed in 2003 by Carl Cavers, Paul Porter, Darren Mills and James North-Hearn, mostly former members of Gremlin. Carl Cavers joined Gremlin in 1995 as a Quality and Systems Manager, becoming Studio Manager in 1998. Paul Porter wrote the low-level code for the Broken Sword series on PC and Playstation before joining Gremlin in 1997 to work in R&D. Darren Mills was a Cameraman and Editor for the BBC, ITV and Sky Sports before joining Gremlin in 1995 as Lead Artist, later becoming Studio Art Director at Infogrames Sheffield House.[5] The Infogrames Sheffield Studio itself was originally Gremlin Interactive, prior to Infogrames acquiring the company in 1999.[6]

On 17 August 2007, Sumo Digital was acquired by Foundation 9 Entertainment,[7] and joined Foundation 9's collection of independent studios.[8] However on 11 November 2014 the executive team completed a management buyout, gaining independence from Foundation 9 Entertainment. [9]

Several staff members from now-defunct game studios Bizarre Creations and Black Rock Studio are confirmed to be working for Sumo Digital.[10]

Games developed[edit]

Name Platform(s) Publisher Year Released
England International Football[11] Xbox Codemasters 2004
OutRun 2[12][13] Xbox Sega 2004
TOCA Race Driver 2[14] PlayStation Portable Codemasters 2005
Virtua Tennis World Tour[15] PlayStation Portable Sega 2005
OutRun 2SP[16] PlayStation 2 Sega 2006
OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast[17] PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox Sega 2006
Go! Sudoku[18][19] PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3 Sony Online Entertainment[20] 2006
TOCA Race Driver 3[21] PlayStation Portable Codemasters 2006
Race Driver 2006[22] PlayStation Portable Codemasters 2006
Broken Sword: The Angel of Death[23] Windows THQ 2006
Driver 76[24] PlayStation Portable Ubisoft 2007
Super Rub 'a' Dub[25] PlayStation 3 Sony Online Entertainment[26] 2007
Virtua Tennis 3[27] PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Windows, Xbox 360 Sega 2007
Sega Superstars Tennis[28] Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii Sega 2008
New International Track & Field[29] Nintendo DS Konami 2008
GTI Club+[30] PlayStation Network Konami 2008
OutRun Online Arcade[31] PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Sega 2009
Virtua Tennis 2009[32] PlayStation 3, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360 Sega 2009
F1 2009[33] PlayStation Portable, Wii Codemasters 2009
Disney's A Christmas Carol[34] Nintendo DS, Wii Disney Interactive Studios 2009
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing[35] Arcade, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360 Sega 2010
Doctor Who: The Adventure Games[36] Windows, Mac OS BBC 2010
Dead Space Ignition[37] PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade Electronic Arts 2010
Hasbro Family Game Night 3[38] Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii Electronic Arts 2010
Split/Second: Velocity[39][40] PlayStation Portable Disney Interactive 2010
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing[41] iOS, Android, BlackBerry Sega 2011
F1 2011[42][43] PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS Codemasters 2011
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, Wii U, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360 Sega 2012
Nike+ Kinect Training[44] Xbox 360 Microsoft 2012
LittleBigPlanet 2 Cross-Controller Pack PlayStation 3 Sony Computer Entertainment 2012
Moshi Monsters Katsuma Unleashed Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS Activision 2013
Xbox Fitness Xbox One Microsoft 2013
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed iOS, Android Sega 2013
Forza Horizon 2 Xbox One, Xbox 360 Microsoft Studios 2014
Scorched - Combat Racing[45] iOS, Android Rogue Play 2014
LittleBigPlanet 3[46] PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 Sony Computer Entertainment 2014
Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious Xbox 360 Microsoft Studios 2015

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sumo Digital – feature in Develop". Develop-online.net. 9 July 2007. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Console Arcade (9 May 2009). "Interview with Steve Lycett". Console Arcade. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  3. ^ About Sumo
  4. ^ "Sumo Digital – profile on MobyGames". Mobygames.com. 20 August 2007. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Sumo-digital.com". Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Infogrames". Moby Games. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Foundation 9 wrestles with Sumo Digital – Wii News at GameSpot". Gamespot.com. 5 December 2007. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  8. ^ Batchelor, James (27 June 2012). "Foundation 9 – MCV". Mcvuk.com. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Sumo Digital separates from parent company". 11 November 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  10. ^ http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-04-30-sonic-and-all-stars-racing-transformed-preview-the-saviour-of-arcade-racers
  11. ^ "Yorkshire Focus: Sumo Digital – feature in Develop". Develop-online.net. 14 May 2009. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "SEGA confirm Outrun 2". MS Xbox World. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  13. ^ "Outrun 2". Moby Games. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "TOCA Race Driver 2". Game FAQs. 1 September 2005. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "Virtua Tennis World Tour". Deaf Gamers. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  16. ^ "Outrun 2SP". Sumo Digital. 1 November 2006. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  17. ^ "Outrun 2006". Moby Games. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  18. ^ "Go! Sodoku (PS3) – Game Spy". Uk.ps3.gamespy.com. 7 December 2006. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  19. ^ "Go! Sodoku (PSP) – Game Spy". Uk.psp.gamespy.com. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  20. ^ "Go! Sudoku". Sumo Digital. 17 December 2006. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  21. ^ "TOCA Race Driver 3". Moby Games. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  22. ^ "Race Driver 2006 – Game Spy". Uk.psp.gamespy.com. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  23. ^ "Review of Broken Sword 4 – Adventure Gamers". Forums.adventuregamers.com. 19 May 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  24. ^ "Driver '76". Moby Games. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  25. ^ Jeremy Dunham. "Review of Super Rub a Dub – IGN". Uk.ps3.ign.com. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  26. ^ "Super Rub a Dub". Sumo Digital. 6 April 2007. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  27. ^ "Sumo Digital". Sumo Digital. 20 March 2007. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  28. ^ "Sumo Digital serving up Sega Superstars Tennis - GameSpot.com". Uk.gamespot.com. 20 March 2008. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  29. ^ Martin Robinson IGN UK (18 June 2008). "New International Track & Field – review at IGN". Uk.ds.ign.com. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  30. ^ GTI Club+ – Playstation.com UK[dead link]
  31. ^ "OutRun Online Arcade Preview – IGN". Uk.ps3.ign.com. 16 April 2009. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  32. ^ "Virtua Tennis 2009". Moby Games. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  33. ^ Martin Robinson IGN UK (17 November 2009). "F1 2009 – IGN". Uk.wii.ign.com. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  34. ^ "Disney's A Christmas Carol – Gamespot UK". Uk.gamespot.com. 6 November 2009. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  35. ^ "Interview with Steve Lycett". Digital Spy. 4 February 2010. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  36. ^ "In Pictures – Doctor Who: The Adventure Games – Develop". Develop-online.net. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  37. ^ "Dead Space 2 Prequel Coming To Xbox Live and PSN". industrygamers.com. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  38. ^ "Hasbro Family Game Night 3". Moby Games. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  39. ^ Purchese, Robert (7 July 2010). "Disney converting Split/Second to PSP". EuroGamer. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  40. ^ "Split/Second – PlayStation UK". Uk.playstation.com. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  41. ^ "Review of Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing". PocketGamer. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  42. ^ "F1 2011 - Playstation.com". Uk.playstation.com. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  43. ^ "article on F1 2011's 3DS release date". Videogamer.com. 25 November 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  44. ^ "Nike+ Kinect Training". Uk.ign.com. 5 June 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  45. ^ "Scorched - Combat Racing". Rogue Play. 22 October 2014. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  46. ^ "LittleBigPlanet 3 coming to PS4 this November". 10 June 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014.