Human Head Studios

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Human Head Studios, Inc.
Industry Video game industry
Founded October 1997; 19 years ago (1997-10)
Headquarters Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
Key people
Chris Rhinehart, Paul MacArthur, Ben Gokey, Ted Halsted, Jim Sumwalt, Shane Gurno
Number of employees

Human Head Studios, Inc. is an American computer game development company located in Madison, Wisconsin.

It was founded in October 1997 by a group of six developers formerly from Raven Software: Chris Rhinehart, Paul MacArthur, Shane Gurno, Ben Gokey, James Sumwalt, and Ted Halsted—later joined by game producer Tim Gerritsen.[1] Their first game was Rune, a third-person Viking action game. The company also worked on the long-anticipated first-person shooter Prey, a game that was executive produced by 3D Realms.

In 2002, they established a branch internal to the company dedicated to the development of non-electronic games, including role-playing games, board games and card games. The first release from this branch, The Redhurst Academy of Magic Student Handbook, won an Origins Award in 2003. They released several other board games and card games, but the Adventure Games Division was eventually closed in 2006.

On April 20, 2007, a news report indicated that the company's headquarters were at least partially destroyed in a fire.[2] No injuries were reported. On October 1, 2007, the company moved back into their newly renovated offices. Rune is their only game for which they own the IP. They are also known for working on the Prey series and have helped with the development of BioShock Infinite and Defiance. In 2014, Human Head announced that they have revived a multiplayer video game called Minimum from TimeGate Studios, which filed for bankruptcy in 2013.[3]


Video games[edit]

Year Title Platform
2000 Blair Witch Volume II: The Legend of Coffin Rock Windows
2000 Rune macOS, Linux, Windows
2001 Rune: Halls of Valhalla macOS, Linux, Windows
2001 Rune: Viking Warlord PlayStation 2
2004 Dead Man's Hand Windows, Xbox
2006 Prey macOS, Linux, Windows, Xbox 360
Cancelled Prey 2 Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
2012 Fort Courage Android
2013 Batman: Arkham Origins[4] Wii U
2014 Minimum Windows
2015 Lost Within iOS, Fire OS[5]
2015 Dungeon Defenders II PlayStation 4[6]
TBA Rune: Ragnarok TBA

Non-video games[edit]

  • Redhurst Academy of Magic (2002)
  • Gothica: Dracula's Revenge (2003)
  • Gothica: The Halloween Scenarios (2004) (online-only release)
  • Gothica: Frankenstein's Children (2005)
  • Villainy – The Supervillainous Card Game (2006)
  • Normal, Texas Roleplaying Game (2006)


  1. ^ Keefer, John (March 31, 2006). "GameSpy Retro: Developer Origins". GameSpy. Archived from the original on June 25, 2009. Retrieved October 27, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Massive Fire Destroys East Side Building". Channel3000. April 20, 2007. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  3. ^ Chalk, Andy (April 10, 2014). "Ex-Prey 2 Studio Takes Over TimeGate's Minimum". The Escapist. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Human Head Studios worked on Batman: Arkham Origins for Wii U". Nintendo Everything. October 25, 2013. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  5. ^ Phillips, Tom (March 3, 2015). "Prey developer Human Head announces survival horror Lost Within". Eurogamer. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  6. ^ Crecente, Brian (June 11, 2015). "Dungeon Defenders 2 coming to PS4 this year with help from Prey developer". Polygon. Retrieved June 11, 2015. 

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