505 Games

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505 Games S.p.A.
Subsidiary
IndustryVideo game industry
Founded2006; 13 years ago (2006)
Headquarters,
Italy
ParentDigital Bros
Subsidiaries
Website505games.com

505 Games S.p.A. is an Italian video game publisher based in Milan. It was founded in 2006 as a subsidiary of Digital Bros.

History[edit]

505 Games was founded in Milan, Italy, in 2006 as a subsidiary of Digital Bros.[1] The company found its early success through its video games such as Cooking Mama and Zumba Fitness.[2]

In April 2012, 505 Games took over publishing duties from THQ for the fitness game Adidas MiCoach, following a lawsuit between THQ and Adidas.[3] In April 2013, they acquired the license of Drawn To Life series. The purchase includes rights to the franchise as a whole.[4] In April 2014, 505 Games announced a publishing agreement with Adam Orth's Three One Zero of the game Adrift. The game is described as a first-person experience, where the player controls an astronaut exploring debris of a wrecked station in outer space.[5] In January 2015, 505 Games confirmed the acquisition of the intellectual property (IP) rights to the multi-award-winning Game of the Year 2013,[6] Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons from Starbreeze Studios.[7] In April 2015, 505 Games announced a publishing agreement with Swedish game developer Starbreeze for the game Overkill's The Walking Dead, which released in late 2018.[8] A month later, 505 Games announced a publishing agreement with game developer Overkill Software for the game Payday 2 Crimewave Edition.[9] In August 2016, 505 Games announced it would be publishing Virginia from Variable State.[10]

In March 2015, 505 Games purchased 2.67% stock of Swedish game developer Starbreeze Studios.[11] In January 2016, 505 Games announced that they will shift their focus from publishing games for other developers to developing their own intellectual properties.[12] In October 2016, 505 Games has announced through Koji Igarashi, their collaboration in publishing Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night from Igarashi's own ArtPlay, DICO and Inti Creates, though Inti's involvement has been reduced.[13] At the Sony E3 press conference on 11 June 2018, 505 Games announced a partnership with Remedy Entertainment to publish Control.[14]

Games published[edit]

Games published by 505 Games include Sniper Elite III, Payday 2, Assetto Corsa, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, Terraria, How to Survive, Defense Grid 2, Deep Black, Abzu, Adrift, and Virginia.[15][16][10]

Accolades[edit]

In April 2015, 505 Games was awarded the title of Best Indie Games Label at the MCV Awards.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Doolan, Lian (13 September 2018). "Terraria Publisher 505 Games Expands Coverage To Japan And South Korea". Nintendo Life.
  2. ^ "505 Games' Ian Howe Interview". Digital Trends.
  3. ^ "Adidas MiCoach Now Published by 505 Games". Engadget.
  4. ^ "505 Games Acquires Draw To Life License". Warp Zoned.
  5. ^ "505 Games Publishing Adr1ft". IGN.
  6. ^ "Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Game of the Year Award". PlayStation Blog.
  7. ^ "Brothers IP Sold to 505 Games". Eurogamer.
  8. ^ "505 Games To Publish Overkills The Walking Dead". The Koalition.
  9. ^ "PayDay 2: Crimewave Edition Release". Christian Today.
  10. ^ a b Robinson, Martin (25 August 2016). "Virginia, one of 2016's most promising games, is coming to Xbox One, PS4 and PC next month". Eurogamer. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  11. ^ "505 Games Acquires Stake in Starbreeze". Develop. Archived from the original on 29 December 2016. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  12. ^ Dring, Christopher (21 January 2016). "505 Games switches focus to developing its own IP". MCV. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  13. ^ Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (5 October 2016), Bloodstained and 505 Games Partnership, retrieved 5 October 2016
  14. ^ Kuchera, Ben (11 June 2018). "Sony debuts Remedy's new game, Control, at E3 2018". Polygon. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  15. ^ "505 Games Announces Abzu". IGN.
  16. ^ "505 Games Publishing Adrift". Engadget.
  17. ^ "MCV Awards 2015". MCV.

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