Climax Group

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Climax Group
Founded1999; 20 years ago (1999)
United Kingdom
Defunct2006 (2006)

Climax Group was a UK video game development company founded in 1999 by the merger of four UK games studios: Climax Studios in Portsmouth, Syrox Developments in Kingston and Pixel Planet in Brighton along with a new studio founded by former staff of Charybdis in Nottingham. Later, a studio was also opened in Santa Monica, California and called Climax LA.

At their peak the group employed nearly 50 people, with each studio focusing on a specific genre or platform:

  • Climax Solent: character action games
  • Climax Brighton: racing games
  • Climax Nottingham: MMO games
  • Climax London: mobile games
  • Climax LA: US projects & business development

In 2006 Climax Racing (formerly Climax Brighton) was acquired by Disney Interactive Studios[1] and rebranded Black Rock Studio. Key team members of Climax Nottingham went on to found Monumental Games using the technology and other assets from that company. Climax London was closed after the merger with the Portsmouth branch into Climax Action and its projects and people taken over by the Portsmouth branch. Climax LA ceased game development in 2007 after the troubled development of Silent Hill: Origins and was reorganised to focus exclusively on business development for Climax Studios.

Black Rock Studio was shuttered by Disney in 2011. Monumental Games ceased trading in 2012. Climax Studios is still active.


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