|Industry||Video game developer|
|Founded||San Diego, California (1991)|
|Headquarters||Encinitas, California, United States|
|Products||The Journeyman Project|
Myst III: Exile
Presto Studios was a computer game development company of the 1990s, especially famous for its award-winning The Journeyman Project series and the 2001 sequel to Cyan's hit Myst series, Myst III: Exile.
"Due to business, financial, and personal reasons, Presto Studios is discontinuing software development. Whacked! for the Xbox will be the last product that we ship. The company will remain as a corporate entity for many years, but will not be developing products. A minimal staff, including Michel and myself, will be here until the end of October."
Closure of the company
Whacked! for Xbox was Presto Studios' final title before closing its doors shortly afterward. Though still in decent financial shape, Presto was facing an uphill challenge in the transition from the PC to console game market. The directors of the company anticipated a rapidly shrinking PC game market and decided to close the company while it was ahead. A significant number of the creative staff moved on to high-profile roles in motion picture and animation production.
- Hi-Rez Audio Volume 1 (1992, Macintosh)
- The Journeyman Project (1993, Macintosh, Windows)
- The Journeyman Project Turbo! (1994, Macintosh, Windows)
- The Journeyman Project 2: Buried in Time (1995, Macintosh, Windows)
- The Journeyman Project: Pegasus Prime (1997, Macintosh, Windows, Linux)
- Gundam 0079: The War for Earth (1997, Macintosh, PlayStation, Windows)
- The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time (1998, Macintosh, Windows)
- Beneath (Cancelled, scheduled for 1999 release)
- Star Trek: Hidden Evil (1999, Macintosh, Windows)
- Stephen King's F13 (1999, Macintosh, Windows)
- Myst: Masterpiece Edition (2000, Macintosh)
- The Journeyman Project 4: Resurrection (Cancelled, scheduled for 2000 release)
- Myst III: Exile (2001, Macintosh, Windows, Xbox, PlayStation 2)
- Whacked! (2002, Xbox)
In 1906, Jack Wells travels to the Arctic in search of his father who has gone missing on an archeological expedition. The exploration leads underground into a vast subterranean world.
- Andy Largent (2002-08-28). "Presto Studios Closing Down". Inside Mac Games.
- Kim Peterson (2002-08-28). "Local video game-maker Presto closes despite being debt-free and rich in talent". The San Diego Union-Tribune.
- "Presto Studios - Titles". Presto Studios Archives. Retrieved 2008-07-11.
- Next Generation Magazine. 48. December 1998. Missing or empty
- Chris Couper. "Beneath (Canceled)". Allgame. Retrieved 2008-07-11.