Traveller's Tales

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Traveller's Tales
Type Subsidiary of Warner Bros. Interactive
Industry Interactive entertainment
Computer and video games
Founded 1989 (foundation)
1990 (fully established)
Headquarters Knutsford, Cheshire, England
Key people Jon Burton
Jonathan Smith
Products Video games
Parent Independent company (1989-November 7, 2007)
Time Warner (November 8, 2007-present)
Website TT Games

Traveller's Tales is an English software house founded in 1989 and fully established in 1990 and based in Knutsford, Cheshire.

It is part of the TT Games group—after the merger of publisher Giant Interactive and the developer Traveller's Tales—along with TT Games Publishing. Although, in its early years, the software house developed various games based on original content, since 1999 it mainly focused on the development of tie-ins based on toys, movies, TV shows and television series.

History[edit]

Company's logo from 1990 to 2006.

Traveller's Tales started developing games with Psygnosis, which were most notable for creating 3D effects, possibly in order to add minor realism. Their first game was Leander, also known as The Legend of Galahad. With Psygnosis they also did a video game adaption of Bram Stoker's Dracula, as well as other original productions like Puggsy. And thanks to an agreement between Psygnosis / Sony Imagesoft (because of Sony already owning Psygnosis at that time) and Disney, Traveller's Tales could produce several games based on Disney's properties, such as the Mickey Mouse game Mickey Mania and other games based on Pixar movies like Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2 and Finding Nemo (the latter two thanks to agreements with Activision and THQ).

However, Traveller's Tales was best known in the 1990s for their second-party collaboration with Sega to develop games based on the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, resulting in Sonic 3D and Sonic R, which were produced in close effort with Sega's Sonic Team. Both games were regarded as technical achievements in the Mega Drive (Sonic 3D) and the Sega Saturn (Sonic R), adding to the high-tech development status they already had with games like Puggsy, Mickey Mania and Toy Story.

In recent years, they have achieved recognition based on their work on the hugely successful Lego Star Wars: The Video Game as well as it's many follow-ups. Outside of the Lego games, their work includes the popular franchise Crash Bandicoot, The Chronicles of Narnia, Super Monkey Ball Adventure, and WRC and F1 for the PSP.

The company was purchased by Warner Bros. at the end of 8 November 2007,[1] but continued to operate independently with the development of Lego Batman: The Videogame, which was released in September 2008. Thereafter they continued their work on licensed titles such as Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues, Lego Harry Potter: Years 5–7, Lego The Lord of the Rings, Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, and Lego Marvel Super Heroes. It was also announced during the Star Wars Celebration VI that a Lego Star Wars IV was in production, though no in-game image or released date were shown.[citation needed]

The company has also produced games based on existing and new Lego properties such as a trilogy of Lego games based on the Chima universe and Lego City Undercover, a Wii U exclusive and its latest entry on the series as of September 2013. A Lego game entitled The Lego Movie Videogame was released on 7 February 2014, together with a Lego movie entitled The Lego Movie.

As of 2009, the Lego Star Wars games sold over 20 million copies, excluding Lego Star Wars III which wasn't announced until 2011.[citation needed] They have sold over 60 million games to date[citation needed], and have won two BAFTAs; one for Gameplay with Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, and one for Children's Videogame of the Year for Lego Batman: The Videogame.[citation needed]

The company was originally located in a small office in Southport, Lancashire, but later moved to larger offices in Knutsford, in Cheshire.[citation needed]

Titles[edit]

Name Year Publisher
Leander 1991 Psygnosis
Bram Stoker's Dracula 1993 Psygnosis/Sony Imagesoft
Puggsy 1993 Psygnosis
Mickey Mania 1994 Psygnosis/Sony Imagesoft
Disney's Toy Story 1995 Psygnosis/Disney Interactive/Pixar
Sonic 3D 1996 Sega
Sonic R 1997 Sega
Rascal 1998 Psygnosis/Takara
A Bug's Life 1998 Disney Interactive/Pixar
Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue 1999 Activision/Disney Interactive
Muppet RaceMania 2000 Midway
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command 2000 Activision/Disney Interactive/Pixar
Toy Story Racer 2001 Activision/Disney Interactive/Pixar
The Weakest Link 2001 Activision
Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex 2001 Universal Interactive
Haven: Call of the King 2002 Midway
Finding Nemo 2003 THQ/Disney Interactive/Pixar
Crash Twinsanity 2004 Vivendi Universal Games
Spyro: A Hero's Tail 2004 Vivendi Universal Games/Eurocom
Lego Star Wars: The Video Game 2005 LucasArts
WRC (PSP version) 2005 SCEI
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 2005 Buena Vista Games
F1 Grand Prix 2005 SCEI
Super Monkey Ball Adventure 2006 Sega
Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy 2006 LucasArts
Bionicle Heroes 2006 Eidos Interactive
Transformers: The Game 2007 Activision
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga 2007 LucasArts
Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures 2008 LucasArts
Lego Batman: The Videogame 2008 Warner Bros./DC Comics
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian 2008 Disney Interactive Studios
Guinness World Records: The Video Game 2008 Warner Bros.
Lego Battles 2009 Warner Bros.
Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues 2009 LucasArts
Lego Rock Band 2009 Warner Bros./Electronic Arts
Lego Harry Potter: Years 1–4 2010 Warner Bros.
Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars 2011 LucasArts
Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game 2011 Disney Interactive Studios
Lego Battles: Ninjago 2011 Warner Bros.
Lego Harry Potter: Years 5–7[2] 2011 Warner Bros.
Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes 2012 Warner Bros./DC Comics
Lego The Lord of the Rings 2012 Warner Bros.
Lego City Undercover 2013 Nintendo
Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins 2013 Nintendo
Lego Legends of Chima: Laval's Journey 2013 Warner Bros.
Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2013 Warner Bros./Marvel Entertainment
Lego Friends 2013 Warner Bros.
The Lego Movie Videogame 2014 Warner Bros.
Lego The Hobbit 2014 Warner Bros./MGM Interactive
Lego Ninjago Nindroids 2014 Warner Bros.
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham[3] 2014 Warner Bros.

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