Wargaming Chicago-Baltimore

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Wargaming Chicago-Baltimore
Formerly called
Day 1 Studios (2001–2013)
Wargaming West
Privately held company
Industry Computer and video games
Founded 2001
Headquarters Chicago, Illinois and Hunt Valley, Maryland
Number of employees
around 160
Parent Wargaming (2013–present)
Website www.wargamingchicagobaltimore.com

Wargaming Chicago-Baltimore (formerly Wargaming West and Day 1 Studios) is an American game developer that operates in Chicago, Illinois and Hunt Valley, Maryland.

They worked in tandem with developer FASA Interactive to create their first two games MechAssault, which Microsoft used to promote their Xbox Live service, and MechAssault 2: Lone Wolf. They worked with Monolith Productions to make the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 console ports of F.E.A.R..

In 2006, they signed a deal with LucasArts to develop the science fiction video game Fracture. It had mixed reviews by the gaming press. In 2010, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced that they would be developing the third installment in the F.E.A.R. franchise entitled F.E.A.R. 3, first announced using the title F.3.A.R., which was later confirmed as just for advertising. When their subsequent project with Konami was cancelled, however, around 100 employees (the vast majority of the team working on that project) were laid off.[1] The remaining team members moved forward with development on the free-to-play mech game Reign of Thunder.[2]

On January 29, 2013 it was announced that Wargaming, the creator of World of Tanks, acquired Day 1 Studios for $20 million[3] and rebranded it Wargaming West.[4] The acquisition included the rights to Reign of Thunder, the status of which is currently under consideration.[5]

Games developed[edit]

Logo of Day 1 Studios before its acquisition by Wargaming

As Day 1 Studios

Year Title Platform(s)
PS3 Win Xbox X360
2002 MechAssault No No Yes No
2004 MechAssault 2: Lone Wolf No No Yes No
2006 F.E.A.R. Yes No No Yes
2008 Fracture Yes No No Yes
2011 F.E.A.R. 3 Yes Yes No Yes
TBA Reign of Thunder No Yes No No

As Wargaming Chicago-Baltimore

Year Title Platform(s)
X360 XB1 PS4
2014 World of Tanks Yes No No
2015 World of Tanks No Yes No
2016 World of Tanks No No Yes

Cancelled video games[edit]

  • Batman: Gotham by Gaslight[6]


  1. ^ December 2, 2011 2:45PM PST (2011-06-21). "Day 1 Studios loses Konami publishing deal". GameSpot.com. Retrieved 2013-06-22. 
  2. ^ "Day 1 Studios Announces Mech Combat Game Reign of Thunder". Gametestlab.com. Retrieved 2013-06-22. 
  3. ^ "News – Wargaming's surprise acquisition: F.E.A.R. 3's dev Day 1 for $20M". Gamasutra. Retrieved 2013-06-22. 
  4. ^ "Wargaming West". Wargaming West. 2013-06-10. Retrieved 2013-06-22. 
  5. ^ "World of Tanks developers talking with Day 1 about Reign of Thunder mech game". Polygon. 2013-02-12. Retrieved 2013-06-22. 
  6. ^ http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/02/27/video-from-abandoned-batman-game-surfaces

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