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|Type||Subsidiary of Warner Bros. Interactive|
Computer and video games
1990 (fully established)
|Headquarters||Knutsford, Cheshire, England|
|Key people||Jon Burton
|Parent||Independent company (1989- 8 November 2007)
Time Warner (8 November 2007-present)
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 movies, TV shows and television series.
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 the most recent years, they are renowned because of the hugely successful Lego Star Wars: The Video Game. Their recent work includes the popular franchise Crash Bandicoot, The Chronicles of Narnia, Super Monkey Ball Adventure, Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, and WRC and F1 for the PSP. They have sold over 60 million games to date, 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.
The company was purchased by Warner Bros. at the end of 8 November 2007, but will continue to operate, with the development of Lego Batman: The Videogame, which came out in September 2008. One of their most recent releases is Lego Harry Potter: Years 5–7 and Lego The Lord of the Rings has been announced. Traveller's tales developed recently multiple Lego games, including Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, a trilogy of Lego games based on the Chima universe, Lego Lord of the Rings (as of September 2013). Lego City Undercover, an Wii U exclusive and its latest entry on the series as of September 2013.
Traveller's Tales announced that a Lego game based on the Marvel universe was in production entitled Lego Marvel Super Heroes, which will be released at Q4 of 2013 for every known platform. 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.
As of 2009, the Lego Star Wars games sold over 20 million copies, excluding Lego Star Wars III which wasn't announced until 2011.
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