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Deck 13 Interactive GmbH
TriggerLab GmbH (2001–2002)
IndustryVideo game industry
PredecessorArtex Software
Founded11 July 2001; 17 years ago (2001-07-11)
Area served
Key people
Number of employees
49 (2017)
SubsidiariesDeck13 Hamburg

Deck 13 Interactive GmbH, doing business as Deck13, is a German video game developer and publisher based in Frankfurt. 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. Deck13 also operates a Hamburg-based subsidiary studio, 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 renamed Deck13, after the map DM-Deck16 from the 1999 video game Unreal Tournament.[1]

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.[2]

In 2015, Deck13 released Lords of the Fallen in co-operation CI Games. While a sequel was announced by the publisher, Deck13 was not named as the developer.[3] Instead, the studio was announced to be working with Focus Home Interactive on the then-upcoming The Surge.[4]

In September 2016, managing director Florian Stadlbauer announced that he had left the company and had since replaced by Mathias Reichert.[5]

Games developed[edit]


Year Title Publisher(s) Notes
2002 Stealth Combat Modern Games, Cryo Interactive As TriggerLab
2004 Carnival Cruise Lines Tycoon 2005: Island Hopping Activision Value Under the Artex Software label
2005 Ankh BHV Software, Viva Media
Luka und das geheimnisvolle Silberpferd Polizeiliche Kriminalprävention der Länder und des Bundes
2006 Ankh: Heart of Osiris Xider
2007 Jack Keane 10tacle Studios, Strategy First
Ankh: Battle of the Gods Daedalic Entertainment, Xider
2008 Luka und der verborgene Schatz Polizeiliche Kriminalprävention der Länder und des Bundes
2009 Venetica DTP Entertainment
2010 Black Sails: The Ghost Ship Astragon
Jade Rousseau: The Secret Revelations – Episode 1: The Fall of Sant' Antonio Phenomedia First in a cancelled six-episode series
Reading the Dead Astrasgon
2011 Haunted DTP Entertainment, Viva Media
2012 Jack Keane 2: The Fire Within Astrasgon
2013 Blood Knights Kalypso Media
2014 Moorhuhn: Tiger and Chicken Koch Media
Lords of the Fallen CI Games Co-developed together with CI Games
2015 Imagoras Städel Museum
2017 The Surge Focus Home Interactive
2019 The Surge 2 Focus Home Interactive

Deck13 Hamburg[edit]

Year Title Publisher(s)
2014 TransOcean: The Shipping Company Astragon
2016 TransOcean 2: Rivals
2017 TransRoad: USA


  • The Mystery of the Seven Symbols
  • Jade Rousseau: Die Geheimen Evangelien – Episode 2: Die Bruderschaft
  • Jade Rousseau: Die Geheimen Evangelien – Episode 3: Das geheime Dossier
  • Jade Rousseau: Die Geheimen Evangelien – Episode 4: Der Weg in die Finsternis
  • Jade Rousseau: Die Geheimen Evangelien – Episode 5: Die Geister der Vergangenheit
  • Jade Rousseau: Die Geheimen Evangelien – Episode 6: Der Zorn Gottes

Games published[edit]

Year Title Developer(s)
2015 The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle: Episode 1: A Dreadly Business Rumpus Animation
Super Snow Fight Patrick God
2016 Obliteracers Varkian Empire
2017 Shift Happens Klonk Games
The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle: Episode 2: A Bleaker Predicklement Rumpus Animation
2018 The Shattering SuperSexySoftware
CrossCode Radical Fish Games
TBA The Shape of Heart Dragon Whisper Games
Hover Cubes: Arena Gametology
Super Sky Arena Hammer Labs
Flat Heroes Parallel Circles
The Other 99 Burning Arrow


  1. ^ Besuch bei Deck 13 in Frankfurt - BartLog #50 on YouTube
  2. ^ Sauer, Tom (1 November 2013). "Blood Knights: Launch-Trailer mit Alysa zum heutigen Xbox 360-Release" [Blood Knights: Launch trailer with Alyse for today's Xbox 360 release]. PC Games (in German). Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  3. ^ Purchese, Robert (29 May 2015). "Lords of the Fallen 2 to launch in 2017". Eurogamer. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Latest Deck13 game officially announced as The Surge". Focus Home Interactive. 7 August 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Deck 13-Crew segelt künftig ohne Florian Stadlbauer" [Deck 13 crew to sail without Florian Stadlbauer going forward]. GamesWirtschaft (in German). 1 September 2016. Retrieved 23 September 2016.

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