Monolith Productions

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Monolith Productions, Inc.
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryVideo games
FoundedOctober 25, 1994; 28 years ago (1994-10-25)[1]
Founders
  • Brian Goble
  • Brian Waite
  • Bryan Bouwman
  • Garrett Price
  • Jace Hall
  • Paul Renault
  • Toby Gladwell
HeadquartersKirkland, Washington, United States
OwnerWarner Bros. Discovery
Number of employees
100+ (2004)[2]
ParentWarner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (2004-present)
Websitelith.com

Monolith Productions, Inc. is an American video game developer based in Kirkland, Washington. The company has been a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment since August 2004.[3]

History[edit]

Monolith Productions was founded on October 25, 1994 by Brian Goble, Brian Waite, Bryan Bouwman, Garrett Price, Jace Hall, Paul Renault, and Toby Gladwell.[4]

Co-founder Brian Goble had this to say regarding the company name.

At the time we formed the company, DOS was still the OS of choice for games. Because of this, we knew we had to come up with a name that was 8 characters or less (for 8.3 filenames). We had been researching story and technology ideas for our demo CD and we were watching a lot of movies. "Monolith" came up, was semi mysterious, wasn't taken, and was 8 characters. Perfect.[4]

The company is best known for the Blood, No One Lives Forever and F.E.A.R series. Monolith developed the LithTech game engine which was used for most of their games starting with Shogo: Mobile Armor Division in September 1998. Between 1997 and 1999, Monolith also published games–some developed by the studio, some by third parties.

In 2004, Monolith Productions was acquired by Warner Bros.[3]

In 2014, the company released the title Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor with a sequel entitled Middle-earth: Shadow of War being released in 2017.

In 2021, the company announced that they are developing a video game starring Wonder Woman.[5]

Video games[edit]

Developed[edit]

Year Title Platform(s)
PC Console Handheld
1997 Blood MS-DOS, Microsoft Windows
Claw Microsoft Windows
1998 Get Medieval Microsoft Windows
Shogo: Mobile Armor Division Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, Linux, AmigaOS
Blood II: The Chosen Microsoft Windows
1999 Gruntz Microsoft Windows
TNN Outdoors Pro Hunter 2 Microsoft Windows
2000 Sanity: Aiken's Artifact Microsoft Windows
The Operative: No One Lives Forever Microsoft Windows, Mac OS PlayStation 2
2001 Tex Atomic's Big Bot Battles Microsoft Windows
Aliens Versus Predator 2 Microsoft Windows, Mac OS
2002 No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way Microsoft Windows, Mac OS
2003 Tron 2.0 Microsoft Windows, Mac OS Xbox Game Boy Advance
Contract J.A.C.K. Microsoft Windows
2005 The Matrix Online Microsoft Windows
F.E.A.R. Microsoft Windows PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Condemned: Criminal Origins Microsoft Windows Xbox 360
2008 Condemned 2: Bloodshot PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
2009 F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin Microsoft Windows PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
2012 Gotham City Impostors Microsoft Windows PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Guardians of Middle-earth Microsoft Windows PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
2014 Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
2017 Middle-earth: Shadow of War Microsoft Windows PlayStation 4, Xbox One
TBA Wonder Woman TBA

Published[edit]

Year Title Platform(s)
PC
1994 Maabus[A] MS-DOS
1998 Rage of Mages[A] Microsoft Windows
1999 Rage of Mages II: Necromancer[A] Microsoft Windows
Septerra Core: Legacy of the Creator[A] Microsoft Windows
Gorky 17[A] Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, Linux, AmigaOS

References[edit]

  1. ^ @MonolithDev (October 2, 2019). "October 25th is Monolith's 25th Anniversary. Twenty. Five. Years. In the business. And we've got a lot of fun stuff planned this month to celebrate. Stay tuned here for a big ol' look back at a long history of #gamedev" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Fahey, Rob (January 16, 2004). "Monolith Productions appoints new CEO". gamesindustry.biz. Retrieved October 27, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Thorsen, Tor (August 12, 2004). "Warner Bros. buys Monolith Productions". GameSpot. Archived from the original on January 12, 2006. Retrieved October 27, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Keefer, John (March 31, 2006). "GameSpy Retro: Developer Origins, Page 12 of 19". GameSpy. Archived from the original on June 9, 2007.
  5. ^ Prescott, Shaun. "Wonder Woman game announced, is in development at Monolith Productions". PC Gamer. PC Gamer. Retrieved March 23, 2022.

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