Beenox

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Beenox
Subsidiary
Industry Computer and video games
Founded May 2000; 18 years ago (2000-05)
Founder Dominique Brown
Headquarters Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Key people

Sylvain Morel (Co-Studio Head/CEO)

Thomas Wilson (Co-Studio Head/Creative Director)
Products Video games
Number of employees
150
Parent Activision
Website Official website

Beenox is a video game developer established in 2000 in Quebec City, Canada. The studio became a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision on May 25, 2005.[1]

History[edit]

Between 2002 and 2006, the developer was essentially a porting house. They completed approximately 30 projects for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS, based on popular franchises such as X-Men, Spider-Man and Shrek.

In 2006, they returned to original game development, with Bee Movie Game, inspired by the feature film from DreamWorks Animation. As part of Activision's E3 2007 media blitz, it was announced that Beenox was the developer behind the Windows version of Activision's Spider-Man game Spider-Man: Friend or Foe which was released in October 2007.[2] Beenox employs about 150 employees who are developing games for consoles such as PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii. They released the Xbox 360, PS2, PS3, Wii and PC versions of Monsters vs. Aliens and console versions of Guitar Hero Smash Hits. Beenox later created the Spider-Man games Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, Spider-Man: Edge of Time, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

After founder Dominique Brown's departure in December 2012[3], the studio's focus shifted from leading original game development to doing a number of B-level support tasks on Activision's superbrands Skylanders and Call of Duty.

In 2015, Activision announced that Beenox is working in conjunction with Mercenary Technology on bringing Call of Duty: Black Ops III to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and working on bringing Skylanders: SuperChargers to the Wii and Nintendo 3DS.

In 2018, Activision announced that Beenox would be working with Blizzard and Activison to develop Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII for PC on the Battle.Net platform.

Original development[edit]

Year Game Platform(s)
2001 Pillars of Garendall PC, Mac OS
Coldstone game engine Mac OS
2007 Bee Movie Game PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360
2009 Monsters vs. Aliens PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360
Guitar Hero Smash Hits PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360
2010 Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions PC, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360
2011 Spider-Man: Edge of Time Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360
2012 The Amazing Spider-Man Nintendo 3DS, PC, PlayStation 3, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, PlayStation Vita
2014 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Skylanders: Trap Team Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One
2015 Skylanders: SuperChargers PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, iOS
Skylanders: SuperChargers Racing Wii, Nintendo 3DS
2016 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 PC

Ports[edit]

Year Game Platform(s)
2003 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 PC
Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer
Wakeboarding Unleashed Featuring Shaun Murray
2004 Tony Hawk's Underground 2
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Mac OS X
Pitfall: The Lost Expedition PC
Shrek 2: Team Action
2005 Madagascar
Fantastic 4
Tony Hawk's Underground
Ultimate Spider-Man
Gun
2006 Over the Hedge
X-Men: The Official Game
Cars
2007 Spider-Man 3
Spider-Man: Friend or Foe
2008 Kung Fu Panda
Barbie Fashion Show: An Eye for Style
007: Quantum of Solace PC, Wii
2009 Kung Fu Panda Mac OS X
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen PC
2013 Skylanders: Swap Force Wii
2015 Call of Duty: Black Ops III Xbox 360, PS3
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 PC

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Activision Establishes Development Foothold in Quebec With Acquisition of Beenox". Press Release. Retrieved May 25, 2005. 
  2. ^ iTZKooPA (July 12, 2007). "'Spider-Man: Friend or Foe' Coming To PCs". Totalgaming.net. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved July 12, 2007. 
  3. ^ Dave Tach (December 14, 2012). "Beenox founder leaves studio, two employees rise in the ranks". Polygon.com. 

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