Daedalic Entertainment

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Daedalic Entertainment GmbH
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryVideo games
Founded1 March 2007; 14 years ago (2007-03-01)
Founders
  • Carsten Fichtelmann
  • Jan Müller-Michaelis
Headquarters,
Germany
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Owner
  • Carsten Fichtelmann, Jan Müller-Michaelis, and Stephan Harms (90%)
  • Bastei Lübbe (10%)[1]
Number of employees
65[2] (2021)
Websitedaedalic.com

Daedalic Entertainment GmbH is a German video game developer and publisher based in Hamburg. They are best known for developing point-and-click adventure games.

History[edit]

Daedalic Entertainment was founded on 1 March 2007 in a small Hamburg office by chief executive officer (CEO) Carsten Fichtelmann and creative director Jan Müller-Michaelis. Prior to founding Daedalic, Fichtelmann was marketing director for German publisher DTP Entertainment.[3]

Shortly afterwards, the adventure game 1½ Knights – In Search of the Ravishing Princess Herzelinde was developed, named after the same film. On 28 August 2009, the adventure game The Whispered World followed and the adventure title A New Beginning, which focuses on climate change, was published on 8 October 2010. In 2011, the sequel to Edna & Harvey: The Breakout was released with the title Harvey’s New Eyes. A year later, a new adventure named Deponia was released to the market, which received several awards as well.[citation needed]

In May 2014, German publisher Bastei Lübbe acquired a majority share of 51% in Daedalic Entertainment.[4][5][6] The following July, Daedalic opened a subsidiary studio, Daedalic Entertainment Studio West, in Düsseldorf.[7][8][9]

In November 2016, Daedalic laid off twelve of its roughly 150 employees, primarily from the production and marketing departments, and opted not to renew several temporary contracts.[10][11][12] In February 2018, Daedalic opened a third studio, this time in Munich under the name Daedalic Entertainment Bavaria.[13] The new studio would consists of eight people, led by Oliver Machek, formerly of Klonk Games, as studio director and creative director, and by Stephan Harms, chief operating officer of Daedalic, as CEO.[14] In August 2018, as Bastei Lübbe faced severe financial issues, and started considering to sell their 51% stake in Daedalic.[15] In early 2021, the Düsseldorf and Munich studios entered liquidation; the former had been inactive since after creative director Andreas Suika left in August 2019 for Epic Games, while the latter was emptied in late 2020 with all employees rehired by other Munich-based developers.[16]

Games developed[edit]

Year Title Platform(s) Publisher(s)
2008 Edna & Harvey: The Breakout iOS, macOS, Microsoft Windows Daedalic Entertainment, Lace Mamba Global
1½ Knights: In Search of the Ravishing Princess Herzelinde Microsoft Windows Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
2009 The Whispered World Microsoft Windows Daedalic Entertainment, Deep Silver, Viva Media, Lace Mamba Global
The Tudors macOS, Microsoft Windows Merscom
2010 Wolfgang Hohlbein's The Inquisitor Microsoft Windows Prime Games
Immortal Lovers Microsoft Windows
The Chronicles of Shakespeare: Romeo & Juliet macOS, Microsoft Windows Daedalic Entertainment
A New Beginning Microsoft Windows Daedalic Entertainment, Lace Mamba Global
2011 Edna & Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes iOS, Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Daedalic Entertainment
The Chronicles of Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream macOS, Microsoft Windows
Borgia macOS, Microsoft Windows
2012 Deponia iOS, Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Daedalic Entertainment, Lace Mamba Global
The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav macOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S Daedalic Entertainment, Deep Silver
Chaos on Deponia Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Daedalic Entertainment
A New Beginning: Final Cut iOS, macOS, Microsoft Windows
2013 The Night of the Rabbit macOS, Microsoft Windows
The Dark Eye: Memoria macOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Goodbye Deponia Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
2014 Blackguards macOS, Microsoft Windows Daedalic Entertainment, Kalypso Media
1954 Alcatraz Microsoft Windows Daedalic Entertainment
The Whispered World: Special Edition iOS, Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows
Deponia: The Puzzle Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows
Edna & Harvey: The Puzzle Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows
Deponia: The Complete Journey Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows
2015 Blackguards 2 macOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Fire iOS, Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, Wii U EuroVideo Medien
Anna's Quest Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows Daedalic Entertainment
2016 Deponia Doomsday Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Silence Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
2017 The Long Journey Home macOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth iOS, Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
2018 State of Mind Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
2019 Edna & Harvey: The Breakout – Anniversary Edition Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows
2020 A Year of Rain Microsoft Windows
2022 The Lord of the Rings: Gollum Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S Nacon

Cancelled[edit]

Games published[edit]

Year Title Platform(s) Developer(s)
2013 Journey of a Roach Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows Koboldgames
Gomo macOS, Microsoft Windows Fishcow Studio
2014 Munin Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows Gojira
Randal's Monday macOS, Microsoft Windows Nexus Game Studios
2015 Decay: The Mare Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows Shining Gate Software
Dead Synchronicity Android, iOS, Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows Fictiorama Studios
Skyhill Android, iOS, Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Mandragora
Valhalla Hills iOS, Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows Funatics Software
2016 Shooting Stars! Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows Bloodirony
The Virus: Cry for Help Android, iOS, watchOS Popclaire
Caravan Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows It Matters Games
Crazy Machines 3 Microsoft Windows Fakt Software
Oh My Gore! Microsoft Windows Bumblebee.
Candle Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Teku Studios
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Mimimi Productions
2017 Holy Potatoes! We're in Space?! macOS, Microsoft Windows Daylight Studios
Relaxing VR Games: Mahjong Microsoft Windows CrazyBunch
Leaves: The Journey macOS, Microsoft Windows ZAR 21
Leaves: The Return macOS, Microsoft Windows
The Franz Kafka Videogame iOS, Microsoft Windows Denis Galanin (mif2000)
Bounty Train macOS, Microsoft Windows Corbie Games
Holy Potatoes! What the Hell?! Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows Daylight Studios
AER Memories of Old Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Forgotten Key
2018 Shift Happens' Nintendo Switch Klonk
Holy Potatoes! A Spy Story?! Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows Daylight Studios
2019 Intruders: Hide and Seek Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 Tessera Studios
CryoFall Microsoft Windows AtomicTorch Studio
Barotrauma Microsoft Windows FakeFish, Undertow Games
The Great Perhaps Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Caligari Games
Felix the Reaper iOS, macOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Kong Orange
2020 The Suicide of Rachel Foster Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One One-O-One Games
Iron Danger Microsoft Windows Action Squad Studios
Iratus: Lord of the Dead Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows Unfrozen
Unrailed! Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Indoor Astronaut
Partisans 1941 Microsoft Windows Alter Games
Witch It Microsoft Windows Barrel Roll Games
2021 Glitchpunk TBA Dark Lord
Godlike Burger Liquid Pug
Hidden Deep Cogwheel Software
Wildcat Gun Machine Chunkybox Games

References[edit]

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