Parallax Software

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Parallax Software
Industry Video games
Fate Still exists as of 2015 according to Matt Toschlog, one of the founders of Parallax Software in a forum post.[1]
Founded 1993 (1993)
Headquarters Ann Arbor, Michigan
Champaign, Illinois
Key people
Matt Toschlog
Mike Kulas
Products Descent
Descent II
Number of employees
Website (archived version 2003-08-05)

Parallax Software was a video game developer best known for creating the Descent series of computer games. Parallax Software was started in 1993 by Matt Toschlog and Mike Kulas. After the release of Descent II in 1997, the company was split to form Volition, Inc. (Mike Kulas) in Champaign, Illinois, and Outrage Entertainment (Matt Toschlog) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Both companies were later bought by the (now defunct) publisher THQ. In July 2003, Outrage was shut down, but Volition Inc. continues to develop video games.

On December 19, 2012, THQ filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy[2][3] and in 2013 Volition, Inc., a spin-off from this company, was acquired by Koch Media's Deep Silver division.[4]

On December 29, 2015, it was revealed in a Good Old Games forum post that was made in regards to Descent, Descent II and Descent 3 being removed from sale, that Parallax Software in fact, still exists as of 2015 and owns the copyrights to Descent and Descent II. Due to a royalties dispute with Descent and Descent II's publisher, Interplay, where Parallax is claiming that since 2007, they have not been paid any royalties from the sales of Descent and Descent II, they have took action in the Fall of 2015 and terminated the 21 year sales agreement that Interplay had, meaning Interplay no longer has the rights to sell Descent and Descent II.[1] On February 5, 2016 The founders of Parallax Software, Mike Kulas and Matt Toschlog released a press release announcing they have joined forces again to create a new game development studio called Revival Productions.



  1. ^ a b "Descent 1+2 & Descent 3 - Removed From Sale, page 10 - Forum -". Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  2. ^ "THQ Inc. Secures Asset Purchase Agreement with Affiliates of Clearlake Capital Group, L.P.". THQ. Retrieved December 19, 2012. 
  3. ^ "THQ declares bankruptcy, will continue publishing duties". PC Gamer. 2012-12-19. Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
  4. ^ Goldfarb, Andrew (23 January 2013). "THQ Dissolved, Saints Row, Company of Heroes Devs Acquired". IGN. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 

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