NovaLogic

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NovaLogic, Inc.
Subsidiary
IndustryVideo game industry
FateLabel and intellectual properties acquired and integrated into THQ Nordic.
SuccessorTHQ Nordic
FoundedAugust 7, 1985; 33 years ago (1985-08-07) in Calabasas, California
FounderJohn A. Garcia
DefunctOctober 2016; 2 years ago (2016-10)
Headquarters,
Area served
Worldwide
ProductsComanche series
Delta Force series
Websitenovalogic.com

NovaLogic, Inc. was a software developer and publisher established in 1985 and based in Calabasas, California. The company was founded by CEO John A. Garcia.[1] Garcia's background in computer software started in Southern California in the early 1980s, when he worked at DataSoft. In October 2016, NovaLogic assets were bought out by THQ Nordic and is currently an inactive label for the company.[2]

History[edit]

Originally, NovaLogic worked on new versions of previously published games. Taito America was a major client of the company and most (if not all) of Novalogic's earliest games were PC conversions of Taito arcade games.

The cancelled Philips CD-i sequel to Super Mario World, Super Mario's Wacky Worlds, was in development by NovaLogic.

In 1994, NovaLogic set up its European office in London, England.[3] This office has subsequently been closed down.

Three years later, NovaLogic first launched its free online matchmaking service, NovaWorld. This service allows for large online battles and stat tracking.[1] After publishing several successful military-themed games, the company started NovaLogic Systems, Inc. (NLS) on February 13, 1996, which made training simulations for the US Army.[1]

The company's 2004 launch of Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising claimed to have set a world record for the largest FPS game,[4][5] which was quickly refuted by Sony Online Entertainment for its game Planetside,[6] which routinely hosted hundreds of players on a single server. Novalogic then changed its claim to the "largest FPS without a subscription fee", which fans of the venerable World War II Online quickly noted also was inaccurate.[7] Ultimately the company settled for the title of largest "modern combat" FPS without a subscription.[8]

One year later, NovaLogic's Delta Force: Black Hawk Down for the Xbox, developed by Climax Group, allowed up to 50 players in a multiplayer game, breaking the record for the largest console multiplayer battles at the time.[9] That same year, Novalogic was fined $153,500 by the Business Software Alliance after an audit found they had unlicensed copies of software by Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, FileMaker, Macromedia, Microsoft and Symantec.[10]

In 2008, publisher MTR Soft had displayed information about NovaLogic's upcoming title Delta Force: Angel Falls (although still not announced by NovaLogic itself). In December 2008, NovaLogic announced they have cut ties with MTR Soft, due to MTR using the license to gain additional funds.[11] Also in 2008, NovaLogic released an alpha build of the new NovaWorld 2.0 featuring much better in performance and features. In early 2009, NovaLogic released Delta Force 10th Anniversary Collection (a compilation of all the official Delta Force games, user guides and the CD soundtrack from Delta Force: Black Hawk Down). On June 2, 2009 Delta Force: Xtreme 2 was released simultaneously at retail and online via digital download. Then on August 18, 2009, Joint Operations: Combined Arms Gold was released as a compilation of Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising and Joint Operations: Escalation which also included concept art, the soundtrack and more.

On October 31, 2016, it was announced that the game developer and publisher THQ Nordic had acquired all of NovaLogic's assets, while buying out Electronic Arts' minority stake.[12][13]

Games[edit]

Year Title Platform(s)
1988 Bubble Bobble Apple II, DOS
Arkanoid DOS
1989 Arkanoid: Revenge of Doh
Renegade Apple II
1990 Rastan Apple IIGS, DOS
Wolf Pack Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Macintosh, PC-98
1991 The Rocketeer DOS, Super Nintendo Entertainment System
The Chessmaster Game Gear
Crystal Quest Game Boy
1992 Captain Planet and the Planeteers Sega Genesis
Comanche: Maximum Overkill DOS
Jigsaw: The Ultimate Electronic Puzzle Philips CD-i
1993 Ultrabots DOS
1994 Armored Fist
Comanche CD DOS, Macintosh
1995 Werewolf vs. Comanche
Black Fire Sega Saturn
Comanche 2 DOS
1996 F-22 Lightning II
1997 F-22 Raptor Microsoft Windows
Comanche 3 DOS
Armored Fist 2
1998 Comanche Gold Microsoft Windows
Delta Force
MiG-29 Fulcrum
F-16 Multirole Fighter
1999 Jet Pack
F-22 Lightning 3
Armored Fist 3
Delta Force 2
2000 Delta Force: Land Warrior
Tachyon: The Fringe
Flight Mania
2001 Comanche 4
2002 Air Attack Pack
Delta Force Trilogy
Delta Force: Urban Warfare PlayStation
Delta Force: Task Force Dagger Microsoft Windows
2003 Armored Fist 3
Highland Warriors
Special Forces Pack
Delta Force: Black Hawk Down Microsoft Windows, Macintosh, PlayStation 2, Xbox
2004 Delta Force: Black Hawk Down - Team Sabre Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2
Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising Microsoft Windows
Joint Operations: Escalation
2005 Joint Operations: Combined Arms
Delta Force: Xtreme
2009 Delta Force: Xtreme 2
Delta Force Bootcamp
Cancelled Super Mario's Wacky Worlds Phillips CD-i

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Novalogic Corp History
  2. ^ https://www.trademarkia.com/novalogic-75098785.html
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising at gamezone.com news
  5. ^ Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising at ign.com news
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ [3]
  8. ^ [4]
  9. ^ Black Hawk Down to Feature 50 Players on Xbox Live at teamxbox.com news Archived December 10, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ Delta Force Developer NovaLogic Fined for Software Violation at Gamasutra.com
  11. ^ "NovaLogic Terminates MTR Soft License". Soft Press Release. December 4, 2008. Archived from the original on October 24, 2012. Retrieved December 5, 2008.
  12. ^ "THQ Nordic Acquires All Of NovaLogic's Franchises". thqnordic.com. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  13. ^ Donnelly, Joe. "THQ Nordic buys Delta Force and the rest of NovaLogic's back catalogue". PC Gamer. Retrieved November 1, 2016.

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