Cyclone Studios

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Cyclone Studios
Subsidiary
Industry Computer and video games
Founded 1993
Headquarters San Mateo, California
Key people
Helmut Kobler
Ron Little
Parent The 3DO Company

Cyclone Studios was an American video game developer and publisher based in the San Mateo, California. It developed several titles for the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer and later Microsoft Windows.

Early works[edit]

Cyclone Studios was founded in December 1993 by Helmut Kobler and Ron Little. After securing a contract with 3DO to develop Captain Quazar, a cartoony isometric Shooter for 3DO's home console, they moved from Little's apartment to Redwood City, California in June 1994. At the time they started another 3DO title called BattleSport, a first-person 3D Game. In spring of 1995 Cyclone moved to Menlo Park, California. Both BattleSport and Captain Quazar were released after Cyclone's acquisition by The 3DO Company;[1] BattleSport was released in late 1995 and Captain Quazar in early 1996.

Cyclone as a division of the 3DO Company[edit]

The company was acquired by The 3DO Company in December 1995[2] and moved to San Mateo, California. Kobler was assigned as the leader of the division and Little was chosen to be the tech leader.[citation needed] Cyclone began developing games as a division of The 3DO Company for the PC and Panasonic M2.[2]

Uprising[edit]

Uprising is a hybrid first person action strategy game. It was shipped in October 1997 and met solid critical response, but sold below expectations due primarily to the marketing challenge of clearly communicating the unique and compelling aspects the blending of the two genres. Many consumers were unsure of what the game was and pre-launch hype proved difficult to build. Two sequels were developed thanks to the game's critical success: Uprising 2: Lead and Destroy was released for PC and Uprising-X was released on the PlayStation. After the release of Uprising-X the members of Cyclone Studios were absorbed into The 3DO Company.

Requiem[edit]

Requiem: Avenging Angel was a story-driven first-person shooter. It was released in April 1999 and met modest critical acclaim and poor sales.

Games[edit]

Game title Release date Genre Platform
BattleSport 1995 Sports 3DO
Captain Quazar 1996 Isometric 3D Shooter 3DO, Microsoft Windows
Uprising: Join or Die September 30, 1997 Action, strategy Microsoft Windows
Uprising-X November 30, 1998 Action, strategy PlayStation
Uprising 2: Lead and Destroy December 31, 1998 Action, strategy Microsoft Windows
Requiem: Avenging Angel March 31, 1999 First-person shooter
Microsoft Windows
BattleSport II[3] cancelled Sports Nintendo 64
Wrath of the Fallen[4]
cancelled Action Microsoft Windows

References[edit]

  1. ^ "32-Bit Gaming Drops in Price". Next Generation. No. 14. Imagine Media. February 1996. p. 16-17. 
  2. ^ a b "Tidbits...". Electronic Gaming Monthly. Ziff Davis (79): 17. February 1996. 
  3. ^ battlesport II at IGN
  4. ^ Wrath of the Fallen at IGN