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Aspyr Media, Inc.
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryVideo games
FoundedSeptember 27, 1996; 25 years ago (1996-09-27)
Headquarters,
US
Key people
Michael Rogers (President)

Ted Staloch (Executive Vice President Publishing)

Elizabeth Howard (Vice President Publishing)
ProductsList of games ported by Aspyr
ParentSaber Interactive
SubsidiariesBeamdog
Websiteaspyr.com

Aspyr Media, Inc. (pronounced "aspire") is an American video game developer and publisher founded by Michael Rogers and Ted Staloch in Austin, Texas. Originally founded to bring top gaming titles to macOS,[1] the company, since 2005, has become a publisher and developer of entertainment for multiple gaming platforms.[2]

Aspyr was acquired by Embracer Group in February 2021 and placed within Saber Interactive.[3]

History[edit]

In 1996, Aspyr Media, Inc., was established by Michael Rogers and Ted Staloch in Austin, Texas. Staloch, who had a background in sales and marketing and Rogers, who worked with TechWorks, noticed that there was a lack of gaming titles available to Mac owners and set out to change it.[1] According to Rogers, when naming the company, they “wanted something meaning ‘to aspire and be great’” and also “memorable and unique.” Aspyr made its name specializing in porting video games from Microsoft Windows to macOS.[4]

By 2003, they owned 60 percent of the Mac entertainment market.[5] In 2005, Aspyr partnered with Alex Seropian of Wideload Games and released their first originally-published AAA game, Stubbs The Zombie, to Mac OS, Windows and Xbox.[6] In 2015, Aspyr Media expanded their platform catalog again by releasing an iOS port of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic[7] and later, Bioware's classic-action RPG, Jade Empire - a title they extended to Android as well.[8] In 2015, Aspyr updated Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords[9] (native widescreen resolutions up to 5K, Steam Workshop, support for controllers, 57[10] achievements, etc.) and also ported it to macOS and Linux. In 2015, Aspyr developed and published Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered, a remaster of a game developed by Quantic Dream, to a worldwide audience with enhanced game features, updated visuals and controls, as well as content that was censored in the original North American release.[11]

According to Elizabeth Howard, vice president of publishing at Aspyr Media, the company's current focus is less on internal IP and more on company growth, establishing bigger undertakings with big brands.[12] Aspyr has published over 190 games, and have added 90 plus members to their team since 1996.[2]

In February 2021, Aspyr was acquired by Embracer Group. The company was added as a studio under the Saber Interactive label within Embracer.[13] In September 2021, it was announced that Aspyr was developing a remake of Knights of the Old Republic for Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 5 as a timed exclusive.[14][15][16]

On April 12, 2022, Aspyr announced that it would publish MythForce, the debut title from Canadian studio Beamdog.[17] The following day, Embracer Group acquired Beamdog and placed it as a subsidiary of Aspyr.[18]

Games[edit]

Currently, Aspyr's catalog includes popular games such as Sid Meier's Civilization VI, developed in 2018 on Mac, Linux, iOS and Nintendo Switch,[19] Torn,[20] and the re-releases of LucasArts titles: Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Savlov, Marc (November 19, 2004). "Controlling Their Own Destiny". www.austinchronicle.com. Retrieved October 12, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Aspyr Media". Aspyr Media. Retrieved October 12, 2019.
  3. ^ "Embracer Group acquires Aspyr Media for up to $450 million". VentureBeat. February 3, 2021. Retrieved June 30, 2021.
  4. ^ Carr, Jon (August 29, 2013). "MacGameStore Feature: Aspyr Media Interview with Michael Rogers". www.macgamestore.com. Archived from the original on February 8, 2021. Retrieved October 12, 2019.
  5. ^ Bungie Founder Finds Publisher - IGN, retrieved October 12, 2019
  6. ^ "Aspyr ships Stubbs the Zombie for Mac". Macworld. November 23, 2005. Retrieved October 12, 2019.
  7. ^ "Use The Force - And A Controller - With KOTOR For iOS, Now On Sale". Cult of Mac. March 6, 2014. Retrieved October 12, 2019.
  8. ^ "BioWare Action RPG Jade Empire Now Available On iOS". Kotaku. Retrieved October 12, 2019.
  9. ^ "Steam :: STAR WARS™ Knights of the Old Republic™ II: The Sith Lords™ :: Introducing and updated KOTOR II for Mac, Linux, and Windows!". Steam. July 21, 2015. Retrieved September 10, 2021.
  10. ^ "Steam Community :: STAR WARS™ Knights of the Old Republic™ II: The Sith Lords™ :: Achievements".
  11. ^ "Aspyr Announces Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered Available Now". www.businesswire.com. January 29, 2015. Retrieved October 12, 2019.
  12. ^ a b "Aspyr spreads beyond Mac with classic Star Wars game for the Switch and PS4". VentureBeat. September 24, 2019. Retrieved October 12, 2019.
  13. ^ Romano, Sal (February 2, 2021). "Embracer Group to acquire Aspyr Media". Gematsu. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  14. ^ "Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Strikes Back with New Remake". StarWars.com. September 9, 2021. Retrieved September 10, 2021.
  15. ^ "Knights of the Old Republic returns with remake that is a timed exclusive to PS5". VentureBeat. September 9, 2021. Retrieved September 10, 2021.
  16. ^ Gartenberg, Chaim (September 9, 2021). "Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is getting a remake for the PS5". The Verge. Retrieved September 10, 2021.
  17. ^ @Epic Games Store. "✨ Announcing @BeamdogInc's first original game: @MythForce, a cartoon roguelite fit for Saturday mornings! 📺 Stay Tuned — Early Access drops April 20!💖 Wishlist Today!" (Tweet) – via Twitter. Missing or empty |number= (help)
  18. ^ Ivan, Tom (April 13, 2022). "Knights of the Old Republic remake studio Aspyr has acquired Beamdog". Video Games Chronicle. Retrieved April 13, 2022.
  19. ^ "Sid Meier's Civilization® VI Coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on November 22, 2019". www.businesswire.com. September 24, 2019. Retrieved October 12, 2019.
  20. ^ Hayden, Scott (August 31, 2018). "'Torn' Review: Masterful 'Black Mirror' Style Storytelling Tarnished by Repetitive Puzzles". Road to VR. Retrieved October 12, 2019.

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