Number of employees
|Parent||THQ Nordic (2019–present)|
Gunfire Games, LLC is an American video game developer based in Austin, Texas. The studio was founded by David Adams in July 2014, bringing with him the core team of Crytek USA just prior to that studio's closure. The company was acquired by THQ Nordic in August 2019.
Gunfire Games founder David Adams had previously founded the developer Vigil Games alongside other former NCSoft employees in 2005. Vigil Games developed the Darksiders series and was acquired by THQ in 2006. The studio remained mostly unchanged until 2013, when THQ folded after filing for bankruptcy in 2012. On the last day of Vigil Games' operations, Adams received a call from Crytek asking him to help establish an American branch for the company; subsequently, Adams found himself as chief executive officer of the newly established Crytek USA two days later, bringing two-thirds of Vigil Games' former staff (around 50 people) with him. The idea for Crytek USA came about last-minute as no one had bid to acquire Vigil Games in THQ's bankruptcy auctions. Crytek later faced financial challenges as a result of which Crytek USA was chronically under-funded. At the same time, Adams wished to take matters in his own hands without having to rely on a larger governing entity. Thus, in July 2014, Adams decided to start an independent studio, Gunfire Games, and quit his job of eighteen months on the same day.
Gunfire Games began with seven people, all of them former leads from Crytek USA. Matthew Guzenda became the studio director. The studio quickly grew to 22 people by February 2015, and to 60 people by November 2017. For initial financing, the company turned to developing virtual reality games, partially in work-for-hire projects, for the Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR headsets. The studio developed five such games: Herobound: Spirit Champion, Herobound Gladiators, Chronos, Dead and Buried, From Other Suns. Following exchanges with Nordic Games (later known as THQ Nordic), Gunfire Games got to develop Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition, a remaster of Darksiders II, which had been created by Vigil Games. The studio was also hired to develop a new entry in the Darksiders franchise, Darksiders III, which was released in 2018. In August 2019, THQ Nordic acquired Gunfire Games for an undisclosed price. At the time, Gunfire Games had 63 employees. Gunfire Games' latest game, Remnant: From the Ashes, released on August 20, 2019 through publisher Perfect World Entertainment.
|2015||Herobound: Spirit Champion||Microsoft Windows, Oculus Go, Samsung Gear VR||Oculus Studios, Gunfire Games|
|Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition||Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One||THQ Nordic|
|2016||Herobound Gladiators||Microsoft Windows, Oculus Go, Samsung Gear VR||Oculus Studios|
|Chronos||Microsoft Windows||Gunfire Games|
|Dead and Buried||Microsoft Windows, Oculus Go, Samsung Gear VR||Oculus Studios|
|2017||From Other Suns||Microsoft Windows||Gunfire Games|
|2018||Darksiders III||Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One||THQ Nordic|
|2019||Remnant: From the Ashes||Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One||Perfect World Entertainment|
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