Annapurna Interactive

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Annapurna Games, LLC
Annapurna Interactive
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryVideo games
FoundedDecember 1, 2016; 5 years ago (2016-12-01)
FounderMegan Ellison
Nathan Gary
James Masi
Headquarters,
US
ParentAnnapurna Pictures
Websiteannapurnainteractive.com

Annapurna Games, LLC (trade name: Annapurna Interactive)[1] is an American Independent video game publisher. The company is a division of Annapurna Pictures, and was founded in 2016. Notable games released by the company include Donut County, Kentucky Route Zero, Outer Wilds, Sayonara Wild Hearts, Wattam, What Remains of Edith Finch, Telling Lies, and Gorogoa.

History[edit]

The company was founded as a division of Annapurna Pictures on December 1, 2016 as Annapurna's attempt to expand into the video game industry. The company's early staff was composed of existing Annapurna executives, producer Neale Hemrajani and Technology Head James Masi along with several video game veterans, including Nathan Gary, Deborah Mars, Hector Sanchez, and Jeff Legaspi, who had worked in Sony Interactive Entertainment and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.[2] Jenova Chen also served as the company's advisor. The company aimed to publish games that are "personal, emotional, and original".[3]

On the day of establishment, the company announced several publishing deals it had signed with several independent developers. Some of the first games published by the company included Gorogoa, What Remains of Edith Finch, Wattam, and Florence.[4] In 2017, Annapurna announced that it would begin publishing more games, which included The Artful Escape, Ashen, and Telling Lies.[5][6][7]

In May 2020, it was announced that Nathan Vella, former president of Capybara Games, had joined the company as an executive.[8] In October 2020, Annapurna established an internal development studio in Los Angeles.[9]

In March 2022, video game journalism YouTube channel People Make Games reported on three video game studios publishing under Annapurna Interactive — Mountains, Fullbright, and Funomena. In all three cases, employees reportedly reached out to Annapurna Interactive, addressing concerns regarding abuse and a toxic work environment being created by the studio founders. In hopes of getting Annapurna Interactive to mediate, employees stated that the publisher was siding mostly with the founders in question. According to one former studio employee, representatives of Annapurna Interactive had been quoted responding that "without strong personalities, games don't get made." Chris Bratt of People Make Games saw these incidents as part of a greater pattern of auteur culture that can be found across the independent film and video game industry.[10][11]

Two limited edition box sets containing the games Donut County, Kentucky Route Zero, Outer Wilds, Sayonara Wild Hearts, Wattam, What Remains of Edith Finch, Telling Lies, and Gorogoa, celebrating the first five years of the publisher, were released in collaboration with iam8bit for the PlayStation 4 in late 2020.[12]

Games[edit]

Year Title Developer(s) Platform(s) Ref.
2017 What Remains of Edith Finch Giant Sparrow Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, iOS [13]
Flower Thatgamecompany Microsoft Windows, iOS [14]
Gorogoa Buried Signal Microsoft Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One [15]
2018 Florence Mountains iOS, Android, Microsoft Windows, MacOS, Nintendo Switch [16]
Donut County Ben Esposito Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, macOS, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch [17]
Gone Home Fullbright Nintendo Switch, iOS [18]
Ashen A44 Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch [19]
2019 Outer Wilds Mobius Digital Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch [20]
Journey Thatgamecompany Microsoft Windows, iOS [21]
Telling Lies Sam Barlow, Furious Bee Microsoft Windows, macOS, iOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch [22]
Sayonara Wild Hearts Simogo Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, macOS, iOS, tvOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One [23]
Wattam Funomena Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 [24]
2020 Kentucky Route Zero Cardboard Computer Linux, Microsoft Windows, OS X, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One [25]
If Found... Dreamfeel Microsoft Windows, macOS, iOS, Nintendo Switch [26]
The Unfinished Swan Giant Sparrow Microsoft Windows, iOS [27]
I Am Dead Hollow Ponds, Richard Hogg Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S [28]
Due Process Giant Enemy Crab Microsoft Windows [29]
The Pathless Giant Squid Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, macOS, iOS, tvOS [30]
2021 Maquette Graceful Decay Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 [31]
Last Stop Variable State Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 [32]
Twelve Minutes Luis Antonio Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch [33]
The Artful Escape Beethoven & Dinosaur Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch [32]
Solar Ash Heart Machine Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 [34]
2022 A Memoir Blue Cloisters Interactive Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, iOS [35]
Neon White Angel Matrix Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch [36]
Hindsight Joel McDonald Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, iOS [37]
Stray BlueTwelve Studio Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 [38]
Open Roads Fullbright Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 [39]
2023 COCOON Geometric Interactive Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch
Lorelei and the Laser Eyes Simogo Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch [40]
TBA Skin Deep Blendo Games Microsoft Windows [41]
Storyteller Daniel Benmergui Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch [42]
Thirsty Suitors Outerloop Games Microsoft Windows [43]

References[edit]

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  10. ^ Bratt, Chris. "Investigating Three Indie Superstars Accused of Emotional Abuse". People Make Games. Retrieved 19 March 2022 – via YouTube.
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  12. ^ Van Allen, Eric (September 10, 2020). "Annapurna Interactive Is Releasing an Eight Game Box Set to Celebrate Its First Five Years". USGamer. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
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  14. ^ Chalk, Andy (2019-02-14). "Flower, the 2009 PS3 hit, is finally on PC". PC Gamer. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  15. ^ Gorogoa Review - IGN, retrieved 2021-03-04
  16. ^ "Florence is a game about love from the designer behind Monument Valley". The Verge. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
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  24. ^ McWhertor, Michael (2017-08-31). "Wattam is still alive, coming in 2018". Polygon. Retrieved 2021-03-04.
  25. ^ McWhertor, Michael (2020-01-07). "Kentucky Route Zero reaches the end of the road". Polygon. Retrieved 2021-03-04.
  26. ^ "If Found — dreamfeel". dreamfeel. Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  27. ^ Chalk, Andy (2020-09-10). "Acclaimed PlayStation adventure The Unfinished Swan finally comes to PC". PC Gamer. Retrieved 2021-03-04.
  28. ^ Byrd, Christopher. "Review | 'I Am Dead' celebrates life through everyday objects". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2021-03-04.
  29. ^ Wales, Matt (2020-10-28). "Annapurna Interactive published tactical FPS Due Process out now in Steam early access". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2021-03-04.
  30. ^ "The Pathless Out in Holiday 2020 for PS4, PS5, and PC". GamingBolt. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  31. ^ Wales, Matt (2021-02-08). "Annapurna's recursive puzzle adventure Maquette gets March release date". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2021-03-04.
  32. ^ a b Borthwick, Ben (November 19, 2020). "12 Minutes, The Artful Escape and Last Stop delayed to 2021". VideoGamer.com. Retrieved November 19, 2020.
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  35. ^ Ramée, Jordan (July 30, 2021). "A Memoir Blue Uses Music, 2D And 3D Animation To Tell Story Without Dialogue". GameSpot.
  36. ^ "'Neon White' is a new game for Switch and PC from the guy behind 'Donut County'". Engadget. Retrieved 2021-03-04.
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  39. ^ Favis, Elise. "The making of 'Open Roads,' a game about mothers, daughters and road trips". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2021-03-04.
  40. ^ Radulovic, Petrana (28 June 2022). "Lorelei and the Laser Eyes is the newest game from Sayonara Wild Hearts developers". Polygon. Retrieved 28 June 2022.
  41. ^ Van Allen, Eric (April 20, 2021). "Blendo Games partners with Annapurna for its immersive space FPS Skin Deep". Destructoid. Retrieved April 21, 2021.
  42. ^ "Imaginative new puzzle game Storyteller lets you craft your own narrative". 29 July 2021.
  43. ^ Purchese, Robert (2021-12-10). "Falcon Age dev reveals new game as Thirsty Suitors". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2021-12-10.

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