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Deck 13 Interactive GmbH (formerly TriggerLab GmbH), doing business as Deck13, is a German video game developer and publisher based in Frankfurt, Germany. The company was founded in July 2001 by the team behind Artex Software, a studio that primarily developed video games for RISC OS, such as Ankh: The Tales of Mystery. Originally bearing the name TriggerLab, the company was renamed to Deck13 after the release of its first game, Stealth Combat, in 2002. Deck13 is best known for developing the action role-playing games Lords of the Fallen and The Surge. On 30 January 2015, the company opened Hamburg-based operating subsidiary Deck 13 Hamburg GmbH (which does business as Deck13 Hamburg).
Prior to Deck13's foundation, the company's founding members were active in game development under the label Artex Software, which focused on the development of games for RISC OS. On 11 July 2001, Triggerlab GmbH was incorporated, and its first game would go on to become 2002's Stealth Combat. After the game was released, the company was we renamed Deck 13 Interactive GmbH, and adopted the trading name Deck13.
In 2005, the humorous adventure game Ankh was released, which was a remake of the 1997 game Ankh: The Tales of Mystery by Artex Software. As the product sold very well and won several awards (especially in Germany), the sequel Ankh: Heart of Osiris was produced and released almost exactly one year later, reusing elements of the previous title. In August 2007, the adventure game Jack Keane was released which was similar to the Ankh series in terms of graphics and gameplay but which was set in England and colonial India. The third part of the Ankh series, The Battle of the Gods, was released in Germany on 19 November 2007. One of their latest games, the role-playing game called Venetica was released in September 2009 and was the first RPG to be published by the company. Afterwards, Deck13 Interactive was working on Blood Knights, a comic hack-and-slash for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, which was released in 2013.
In 2015, Deck13 released Lords of the Fallen in cooperation CI Games. While a sequel was announced by the publisher, Deck13 was not named as the developer. Instead, the studio was announced to be working with Focus Home Interactive on the then-upcoming The Surge.
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