Outrage Games

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Outrage Games
Formerly
Outrage Entertainment (1997–2002)
Subsidiary
IndustryVideo games
FateDissolved
FoundedDecember 1, 1997; 22 years ago (1997-12-01)
FounderMatt Toschlog
Defunct2004 (2004)
Headquarters,
U.S.
Key people
Matt Toschlog (studio director)
ProductsDescent 3, Alter Echo
ParentTHQ (2002–2004)

Outrage Games (formerly Outrage Entertainment) was an American video game developer based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Founded in December 1997 by Matt Toschlog as part of the split-up of Parallax Software, the company developed Descent 3 (released in 1999) and Alter Echo (2003). In April 2002, it was acquired by THQ, and shut down by 2004.

History[edit]

Outrage was founded by Matt Toschlog after he and his business partner, Mike Kulas, decided to split up their venture Parallax Software into two separate companies.[1] The split was formally announced on December 1, 1997, in which Toschlog formed Outrage and Kulas established Volition.[1] Outrage first developed Descent 3, a successor to Parallax's Descent 2.[2] Descent 3 was released in June 1999 to a poor sales performance.[2][3]

On April 4, 2002, THQ announced that it had acquired Outrage to undisclosed terms.[4] Rubu Tribe, a game that had been in development at Outrage and was to be published by Interplay Entertainment, was subsequently canceled.[5] In 2003, Outrage developed the ports of Volition's Red Faction II for Microsoft Windows and Xbox.[6] The studio's next game, Alter Echo, was released the same year.[7] As a result of cost reduction measures taken by THQ, Outrage was shut down sometime during THQ's 2003–2004 fiscal year, which ended on March 31, 2004.[8]

Games developed[edit]

Title Details

Original release date:
June 17, 1999
Release years by system:
1999 – PC (Windows, macOS, Linux)
Notes:

Original release date:
August 19, 2003
Release years by system:
2003 – PlayStation 2, Xbox
Notes:

Canceled[edit]

Title Details
Rubu Tribe

Cancellation date:
April 4, 2002
Proposed system release:
N/A
Notes:
  • Was going to be published by Interplay Entertainment
  • Was planned for release on PlayStation 2 and Xbox in late 2002

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Parallax Software Reorganizes Into Two New Companies Announces Descent 3 and Descent: FreeSpace – The Great War". Outrage Entertainment. December 1, 1997. Archived from the original on August 18, 2000. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Mason, Graeme (March 9, 2014). "The making of Red Faction". Eurogamer. Archived from the original on February 13, 2019. Retrieved June 8, 2019.
  3. ^ Derrick, Craig; Leighton, Jason (October 8, 1999). "Postmortem: Outrage's Descent 3, Page 4 of 4". Gamasutra. Archived from the original on March 16, 2016. Retrieved June 8, 2019.
  4. ^ "THQ Acquires Outrage, Launches New Studio In Seattle". Gamasutra. April 4, 2002.
  5. ^ IGN Staff (April 4, 2002). "Outrage's Rubu Tribe Cancelled". IGN. Archived from the original on March 10, 2014. Retrieved June 8, 2019.
  6. ^ Bramwell, Tom (January 13, 2003). "Xbox, Cube and PC see Red". Eurogamer. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  7. ^ IGN Staff (May 23, 2003). "Behind-the-Scenes: Alter Echo". IGN. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  8. ^ Klum, Marcel (July 16, 2004). "Outrage Closed Down". Neowin. Archived from the original on October 21, 2014. Retrieved June 8, 2019.