Cyanide (company)

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Cyanide SA
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryVideo games
Founded2000; 22 years ago (2000)
FounderPatrick Pligersdorffer
Headquarters,
France
Key people
  • Patrick Pligersdorffer (CEO)
  • Jérôme Antona (COO)
ProductsPro Cycling Manager
Blood Bowl
Of Orcs and Men
Number of employees
110 (2018)
ParentNacon (2018–present)
SubsidiariesAmusement Cyanide Inc.
Big Bad Wolf
Rogue Factor
Websitecyanide-studio.com

Cyanide SA (also known as Cyanide Studio) is a French video game developer based in the Nanterre suburb of Paris. The company was founded in 2000 by Patrick Pligersdorffer, formerly of Ubi Soft. Since 2007, Cyanide operates a second studio, Amusement Cyanide, in Montreal, Canada, and employs a total of 110 staff members as of 2018. Cyanide was acquired by French publisher Bigben Interactive (now Nacon) in May 2018.

Big Bad Wolf, founded 2015 in Bordeaux, and Rogue Factor, founded 2013 in Montréal, are branches of Cyanide.[1][2]

History[edit]

Before founding Cyanide, Patrick Pligersdorffer began working in the video game industry with Ubi Soft, where he assisted the opening of an internal development studio in Japan.[3] After leaving Ubi Soft, Pligersdorffer established Cyanide in Nanterre in 2000.[3] In November 2007, Cyanide announced that they had set up a new studio in Montreal, Canada.[4] At the time, the new studio, known as Amusement Cyanide, was tasked with creating a new proprietary 3D animation engine for a game that was in development at Cyanide's headquarters.[5] On 14 May 2018, French publisher Bigben Interactive (now Nacon) announced that they had wholly acquired Cyanide for a total sum of 20 million.[6] By this time, Cyanide employed 110 people in its two studios.[7] Focus Home Interactive, Cyanide's primary publisher, previously also attempted to take over the studio, but was rejected by the developer's supervisory board, which eventually led to the resignation of Focus Home Interactive's chief executive officer, Cédric Lagarrigue.[8]

Developed titles[edit]

Games by Cyanide[edit]

Year Title Platform(s) Publisher
2001 Cycling Manager Windows Focus Home Interactive
2002 Cycling Manager 2
2003 Cycling Manager 3
Final Stretch: Horse Racing Sim Bigben Interactive
2004 Chaos League Focus Home Interactive
Cycling Manager 4
Pro Rugby Manager
2005 Chaos League: Sudden Death Focus Multimedia
Pro Cycling Manager Focus Home Interactive
Pro Rugby Manager 2 Digital Jesters
Pro Rugby Manager 2005 Scubb Interactive
2006 Horse Racing Manager 2 Micro Application
NFL Head Coach Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox Electronic Arts
Pro Cycling Manager: Season 2006 Windows Focus Home Interactive
Wintersport Pro 2006 Crimson Cow
2007 Loki Focus Home Interactive
Pro Cycling: Season 2007 PlayStation Portable
Pro Cycling Manager: Season 2007 Windows
Runaway 2: The Dream of the Turtle Nintendo DS
2008 Pro Cycling: Season 2008 PlayStation Portable 93 Games
Pro Cycling Manager: Season 2008 Windows Focus Home Interactive
2009 Blood Bowl Windows, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360
Le Tour de France 2009: The Official Game Xbox Live Arcade
Pro Cycling Manager: Season 2009 Windows
2010 Blood Bowl: Legendary Edition
Dungeon Raiders Nintendo DS UFO Interactive Games
Pro Cycling Manager: Season 2010 Windows Focus Home Interactive
2011 Le Tour de France PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Pro Cycling Manager: Season 2011 Windows
2012 Blood Bowl: Chaos Edition
Confrontation
Dungeonbowl Cyanide
Game of Thrones Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Focus Home Interactive
Le Tour de France 2012 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Of Orcs and Men Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Pro Cycling Manager: Season 2012 Windows
2013 Aarklash: Legacy Cyanide
Dungeon Party
Le Tour de France 2013: 100th Edition PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Focus Home Interactive
Pro Cycling Manager: Season 2013 Windows
2014 Basketball Pro Management 2015 Cyanide
Dogs of War Online
Front Page Sports Football
Le Tour de France: Season 2014 PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 Focus Home Interactive
PRM 2015: Pro Rugby Manager Windows 505 Games
Pro Cycling Manager 2014 Focus Home Interactive
Styx: Master of Shadows Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
2015 Blood Bowl 2
Le Tour de France: Season 2015 PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Pro Cycling Manager 2015 Windows
2016 Le Tour de France: Season 2016 PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Pro Basketball Manager 2016 Windows Cyanide
Pro Basketball Manager 2016: US Edition
Pro Cycling Manager 2016 Focus Home Interactive
2017 Le Tour de France: Season 2017 PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Pro Basketball Manager 2017 Windows Cyanide
Pro Cycling Manager 2017 Focus Home Interactive
Styx: Shards of Darkness Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
2018 Call of Cthulhu
Le Tour de France: Season 2018 PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Pro Cycling Manager 2018 Windows
Space Hulk: Tactics Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
2019 Blood Bowl: Death Zone Windows Bigben Interactive
Tour de France: Season 2019 PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Paranoia: Happiness is Mandatory Windows
Pro Cycling Manager Season 2019
2020 Pro Cycling Manager 2020 Nacon
Tour de France 2020 Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
2021 Pro Cycling Manager 2021 Windows
Rogue Lords
Tour de France 2021 Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Earthblood Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
2022 Tour de France 2022[9] Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
Pro Cycling Manager 2022[9] Windows
Blood Bowl 3 Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
Chef Life[10] Windows, Consoles (TBC)
TBA Rogue Lords Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Games by Amusement Cyanide[edit]

Year Title Platform(s) Publisher
2011 A Game of Thrones: Genesis Windows Focus Home Interactive
2013 Impire Paradox Interactive

Games by Big Bad Wolf[edit]

Year Title Platform(s) Publisher
2018 The Council Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Focus Home Interactive
2022 Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S Nacon

Games by Rogue Factor[edit]

Year Title Platform(s) Publisher
2015 Mordheim: City of the Damned Windows Focus Home Interactive
2016 PlayStation 4, Xbox One
2020 Necromunda: Underhive Wars Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
2023 Hell is Us Windows, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S Nacon

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Le patron de Cyanide revient sur le rachat du studio par Bigben". www.gamekult.com (in French). 9 July 2018. Archived from the original on 6 June 2021. Retrieved 5 June 2021.
  3. ^ a b Kumar, Mathew (4 July 2008). "Q&A: Pligersdorffer And A Taste Of Cyanide". Gamasutra. Archived from the original on 24 August 2018. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  4. ^ Alexander, Leigh (23 November 2007). "Cyanide Opens Montreal Studio". Gamasutra. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  5. ^ French, Michael (15 November 2007). "Cyanide ramping up internal development". MCV. Archived from the original on 22 July 2021. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  6. ^ Valentine, Rebekah (14 May 2018). "Bigben acquires Cyanide for €20 million". GamesIndustry.biz. Archived from the original on 16 March 2020. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  7. ^ Broquelet, Gilles (14 May 2018). "BIGBEN INTERACTIVE : Acquisition of Cyanide, one of the main French studios for game developing". GlobeNewswire. Archived from the original on 15 May 2018. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  8. ^ Dealessandri, Marie (15 May 2018). "Bigben Interactive acquires developer Cyanide for €20m". MCV/Develop. Archived from the original on 22 July 2021. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  9. ^ a b "TOUR DE FRANCE 2022 AND PRO CYCLING MANAGER 2022 ANNOUNCED FOR 9 JUNE". Nacon Corporate. Retrieved 17 April 2022.
  10. ^ "Chef Life the videogame currently in development". '. Cyanide Studios. Retrieved 17 April 2022.

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