High Voltage Software

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High Voltage Software, Inc.
Private
Industry Video game industry
Founded April 23, 1993; 25 years ago (1993-04-23)
Founder Kerry J. Ganofsky
Headquarters Hoffman Estates, Illinois, U.S.
Key people
  • Kerry J. Ganofsky (CEO)
  • Eric Nofsinger (CCO)
Number of employees
Increase 160 (2006)
Subsidiaries HVS NOLA
Website high-voltage.com

High Voltage Software, Inc. (HVS) is an American video game developer based in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Founded in April 1993 by Kerry J. Ganofsky, the company is best known for developing Lego Racers (1999), Hunter: The Reckoning (2002) and The Conduit (2009).

History[edit]

High Voltage Software was founded by Kerry J. Ganofsky on April 23, 1993,[1] following his graduation from college.[2] Out of Hoffman Estates, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, the company started out with four employees and used old doors set on top of sawhorses as desks.[2] In June 2006, the company had 160 employees.[3]

In 2008 interviews, High Voltage leadership expressed interest in improving the quality of contemporary third-party Wii games.[4] The company developed Quantum3, a game engine that specifically targets Wii deployment.[5] The engine itself had been used in several previous titles made by the developer, but was heavily upgraded for higher performance on Wii.[6]

Since that time, High Voltage Software has been active in eigth generation software, developing ports for Injustice: Gods Among Us, Mortal Kombat X and Saints Row: Re-Elected,[7] as well as leading development on Saints Row: Gat out of Hell.

High Voltage Software remains focused on emerging technology and new markets. At Electronic Entertainment Expo 2015, High Voltage and Oculus VR announced the development of Damaged Core. A playable demo was available at the Oculus booth, featuring hands-on gameplay which showcased the first-person shooter genre on the Oculus hardware. The title released as an Oculus Rift exclusive in August 2016 to critical acclaim.[8] The company's second VR title, Dragon Front, released less than three months later as a cross-platform title on Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR.[9]

HVS NOLA[edit]

On December 17, 2014, Ganofsky announced that High Voltage would be opening a satellite studio for the company in Place St. Charles in New Orleans.[2] The opening, scheduled for early 2015, would provide 80 new job opportunities in the area, with initiall staff transferred from the company's Hoffman Estates headquarters.[2][10] Through the opening, High Voltage was able to take advantage of local financial incentives, including a US$150,000 performance-based grant to cover relocation costs, workforce training programs and a digital media incentive.[2][11][12] Prior to the announcement, Ganofsky also considered opening the studio in Georgia or Florida, but found New Orleans to be a better cultural fit for High Voltage.[2] As a result, talks between economic development leaders in the area and Ganofsky began in October 2013.[2]

Games developed[edit]

Year Title Platform(s) Publisher(s)
1995 White Men Can't Jump Atari Jaguar Atari Corporation
Thea Realm Fighters Atari Jaguar, Atari Jaguar CD
Ruiner Pinball Atari Jaguar
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy - Starship Bridge Simulator Sega 32X Interplay Entertainment
Vid Grid Atari Jaguar CD Atari Corporation
1996 NHL Open Ice Microsoft Windows Midway Games
NBA Jam: Tournament Edition Atari Jaguar
Fight For Life Atari Jaguar Atari Corporation
NBA Hangtime Microsoft Windows Midway Games
Tempest 2000 Classic Mac OS, Sega Saturn Interplay Entertainment
Tempest X3 PlayStation
1997 World League Basketball Microsoft Windows, PlayStation Mindscape
NCAA Final Four '97 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation
1999 Paperboy Nintendo 64 Midway Games
Lego Racers Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 64, PlayStation Lego Media
2000 NBA Inside Drive 2000 Microsoft Windows Microsoft
Ground Control: Dark Conspiracy Microsoft Windows Sierra Studios
All-Star Baseball 2001 Nintendo 64 Acclaim Entertainment
NFL Quarterback Club 2001 Dreamcast, Nintendo 64
2002 Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance GameCube Interplay Entertainment
Monster Jam: Maximum Destruction Microsoft Windows Ubi Soft
NBA Inside Drive 2002 Xbox Microsoft
Disney's Stitch: Experiment 626 PlayStation 2 Disney Interactive
NBA Inside Drive 2003 Xbox Microsoft Game Studios
Hunter: The Reckoning GameCube, Xbox Interplay Entertainment
2003 Hunter: The Reckoning: Wayward PlayStation 2 Vivendi Universal Games
Hunter: The Reckoning: Redeemer Xbox
NBA Inside Drive 2004 Xbox Microsoft Game Studios
Disney's The Haunted Mansion GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox TDK Mediactive
2004 Duel Masters PlayStation 2 Atari, Inc.
Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox Sierra Entertainment
2005 Zathura PlayStation 2, Xbox 2K Games
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory GameCube, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox Global Star Software
50 Cent: Bulletproof G Unit Edition PlayStation Portable Vivendi Games
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One GameCube Activision
Codename: Kids Next Door – Operation: V.I.D.E.O.G.A.M.E. GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox Global Star Software
2006 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy PlayStation 2, Wii Midway Games
Blitz: Overtime PlayStation Portable
Family Guy Video Game! PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 2K Games, Fox Interactive
2007 Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Wii Capcom
Ben 10: Protector of Earth PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Wii D3 Publisher
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 PlayStation Portable Ubisoft
America's Army: True Soldiers Xbox 360
2008 Go, Diego, Go!: Safari Rescue PlayStation 2, Wii 2K Play
V.I.P. Casino: Blackjack Wii High Voltage Software
Gyrostarr Wii
2009 The Secret Saturdays: Beasts of the 5th Sun PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Wii D3 Publisher
High Voltage Hot Rod Show Wii High Voltage Software
Astro Boy: The Video Game PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Wii D3 Publisher
Ni Hao, Kai Lan! Super Game Day PlayStation 2, Wii 2K Play
Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves the Crystal Kingdom PlayStation 2, Wii
Evasive Space Wii Akinai Games
The Conduit Wii Sega
2010 Iron Man 2 Wii, PlayStation Portable
Tournament of Legends Wii
Dora's Big Birthday Adventure PlayStation 2, Wii 2K Play
Pheasants Forever Wingshooter Wii GameMill Entertainment
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Wii, Nintendo DS Red Wagon Games
2011 Conduit 2 Wii Sega
Captain America: Super Soldier Wii, Nintendo 3DS
Nicktoons MLB Wii, Xbox 360 2K Play
Nickelodeon Fit Wii
Nickelodeon Dance Wii, Xbox 360
Victorious: Time to Shine Xbox 360 D3 Publisher
Country Dance Wii GameMill Entertainment
Country Dance 2 Wii
2012 Country Dance All-Stars Xbox 360
Kinect Star Wars Xbox 360 LucasArts, Microsoft Studios
Zone of the Enders HD Collection PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Konami
Toy Story Mania! PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Disney Interactive Studios
Nickelodeon Dance 2 Wii, Xbox 360 2K Play
Avengers Initiative Android, iOS Disney Interactive
Batman: Arkham City Lockdown Android, iOS Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Victorious: Taking the Lead Wii D3 Publisher
2013 Le Vamp iOS High Voltage Software
Zoombies: Animales de la Muerte iOS
The Conduit HD Android
Mortal Kombat Microsoft Windows Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Enter the Dominatrix PlayStation 4, Xbox One Deep Silver
Injustice: Gods Among Us PlayStation 4 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Ben 10: Omniverse 2 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U D3 Publisher
2014 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Nintendo 3DS Activision
2015 Saints Row IV: Re-Elected PlayStation 4, Xbox One Deep Silver
Saints Row: Gat out of Hell PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Mortal Kombat X Microsoft Windows Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
2016 Damaged Core Microsoft Windows Oculus VR
Dragon Front Microsoft Windows
2017 They Live to Destroy Microsoft Windows

References[edit]

  1. ^ "High Voltage Software turns 15". gamesindustry.biz. Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Illinois video game developer to open New Orleans studio, hailed as economic development win". nola.com. Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  3. ^ "Tour of Chicago - Pt. 1: High Voltage Software". gamasutra.com. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  4. ^ "Exclusive First Look: The Conduit". ign.com. April 17, 2008. Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  5. ^ Staff, Gamespot (July 7, 2008). "Q&A: Eric Nofsinger channels The Conduit". gamespot.com. Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  6. ^ Casamassina, Matt (April 17, 2008). "Exclusive First Look: The Conduit". ign.com. Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  7. ^ "Saints Row 4: Re-Elected coming to PS4 and Xbox One, $30 this January". polygon.com. Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  8. ^ "'Damaged Core' Review: Meet The New King of VR Shooters". uploadvr.com. August 30, 2016. Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  9. ^ "Dragon Front Open Beta Launches Today". vrfocus.com. Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  10. ^ "High Voltage to open New Orleans studio". gamesindustry.biz. Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  11. ^ "High Voltage opening New Orleans studio". mcvuk.com. Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  12. ^ Wawro, Alex. "Chicago's High Voltage plans New Orleans expansion". gamasutra.com. Retrieved August 12, 2018.

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