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Ubisoft Reflections Limited
Formerly called
  • Reflections Limited (1984–1998)
  • Reflections Interactive Limited (1998–2006)
Subsidiary
Industry Video game industry
Founded 2 July 1984; 33 years ago (1984-07-02)
Founder Martin Edmondson
Headquarters Partnership House, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Key people
Richard Blenkinsop (managing director)
Products
Parent
Website reflections.ubisoft.com

Ubisoft Reflections Limited (formerly Reflections Limited and later Reflections Interactive Limited) is a British video game developer based in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, founded in July 1984 by Martin Edmondson. The studio focuses on racing games and it is best known for creating the award winning Driver series.

History[edit]

Martin Edmondson started developing games for the BBC Micro with Nicholas Chamberlain in 1984. Their first game was a Paperboy clone called Paper-Round that took two years to develop but was never released.[1] While working on that game, they started Ravenskull which would be their first published game, released in 1986 by Superior Software. This was followed by Codename: Droid and an Acorn Electron conversion of Stryker's Run in 1987.[1]

The name Reflections was first used for their 1989 hit Amiga game, Shadow of the Beast, published by Psygnosis which spawned two sequels. The original Amiga game was partially written by Paul Howarth, and started out life as a parallax test of the blitter of the Amiga's Agnus chip; Paul later went on to work for Deep Red Games, a UK video game company based in Milton Keynes. A number of other Amiga and Atari ST games followed including Ballistix (1989), Awesome (1990) and Brian the Lion (1994). In 1995, they became known for Destruction Derby, which was critically acclaimed for its realistic physics and destruction, which later become Reflections' specialty. Due to the success, the game had four more sequels over the years.

On 9 January 1999, it was announced that Reflections had been acquired by GT Interactive in 1998, for a reported 2.7 million shares of common stock, which was valued at around US$14.17 million.[2][3] for became well known for the game Driver, which was inspired by '70s cop shows like Starsky and Hutch and movies like Bullitt and The Driver. It has been followed by four sequels and four spin-offs. The company incorporated as Ever 1016 Ltd. on 14 April 1998, and changed its name to Reflections Interactive Ltd. on 22 May 1998.

In 2004, studio founder Martin Edmondson left Reflections after the concepting stage of Driver: Parallel Lines, and sued Atari due to "constructive unfair dismissal as a result of Reflections alleged repudiatory breach of a contract of employment that necessitated Mr. Edmondson's resignation."[4] Martin's brother, Gareth Edmondson, took his place as the studio manager. In July 2006, Atari announced that it had transferred all of the staff and most of the assets of Reflections Interactive Limited, including the intellectual property and technology rights to the Driver series, to Ubisoft for US$24 million.[5]

Gareth Edmondson, studio manager, left Reflections after more than a ten-year presence at the studio in November 2011, two months after the launch of Driver: San Francisco. The studio is now headed by Pauline Jacquey.[6]

Reflections is working on multiple console formats, including the PlayStation Vita, Wii U[7] and Kinect.[8]

May 2013, Ubisoft Reflections announced that they are working on a new game, Ubisoft planned to announce the game at E3 2013.[9] On 10 June, during Ubisoft's press conference it was revealed that Reflections are working with developer Ivory Tower on a new racing game called The Crew, The Crew was released in December 2014.[10]

Games developed[edit]

Year Title Platform(s) Publisher(s)
1986 Ravenskull Acorn Electron Superior Software
BBC Micro
1987 Codename: Droid Acorn Electron
BBC Micro
Stryker's Run Acorn Electron
1989 Shadow of the Beast AmigaOS Psygnosis
Ballistix AmigaOS
Atari ST
1990 Shadow of the Beast II AmigaOS
Atari ST
Awesome AmigaOS
Atari ST
1992 Shadow of the Beast III AmigaOS
1994 Brian the Lion AmigaOS
1995 Destruction Derby MS-DOS
PlayStation
Sega Saturn
1996 Destruction Derby 2 MS-DOS
PlayStation
Microsoft Windows
1998 Thunder Truck Rally MS-DOS
PlayStation
Microsoft Windows
1999 Driver Macintosh GT Interactive
PlayStation
Microsoft Windows
2000 Driver 2 PlayStation Infogrames
2002 Stuntman PlayStation 2
2004 Driv3r PlayStation 2 Atari, Inc.
Microsoft Windows
Xbox
2006 Driver: Parallel Lines PlayStation 2
Xbox
2007 Wii Ubisoft
Microsoft Windows
Driver 76[a] PlayStation Portable
2008 Emergency Heroes Wii
2009 Monster 4x4: Stunt Racer Wii
2011 Driver: San Francisco macOS
PlayStation 3
Wii
Microsoft Windows
Xbox 360
Just Dance 3[b] PlayStation 3
2012 Just Dance 4[c] PlayStation 3
Wii
Wii U
Xbox 360
Far Cry 3[d] PlayStation 3
Microsoft Windows
Xbox 360
2013 Just Dance 2014[e] PlayStation 3
PlayStation 4
Wii
Wii U
Xbox 360
Xbox One
2014 Watch Dogs[f] PlayStation 3
PlayStation 4
Wii U
Microsoft Windows
Xbox 360
Xbox One
Just Dance 2015[g] PlayStation 3
PlayStation 4
Wii U
Wii
Xbox 360
Xbox One
The Crew[h] PlayStation 4
Microsoft Windows
Xbox One
Xbox 360
2015 Grow Home Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 4
Linux
2016 Tom Clancy's The Division[i] PlayStation 4
Microsoft Windows
Xbox One
Grow Up Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Watch Dogs 2[j] PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Microsoft Windows
2017 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands[k] PlayStation 4
Microsoft Windows
Xbox One
Atomega Microsoft Windows
South Park: The Fractured but Whole[l] PlayStation 4
Microsoft Windows
Xbox One

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Co-developed with Sumo Digital
  2. ^ Co-developed with Ubisoft Paris
  3. ^ Co-developed with Ubisoft Paris, Ubisoft Milan and Ubisoft Bucharest
  4. ^ Co-developed with Ubisoft Montreal, Massive Entertainment and Ubisoft Shanghai
  5. ^ Co-developed with Ubisoft Milan, Ubisoft Paris and Ubisoft Bucharest
  6. ^ Co-developed with Ubisoft Montreal
  7. ^ Co-developed with Ubisoft Paris and Ubisoft Pune
  8. ^ Co-developed with Ivory Tower
  9. ^ Co-developed with Massive Entertainment, Red Storm Entertainment and Ubisoft Annecy
  10. ^ Co-developed with Ubisoft Montreal
  11. ^ Co-developed with Ubisoft Paris
  12. ^ Co-developed with Ubisoft San Francisco

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Profile, A&B Computing, October 1988
  2. ^ https://www.arnnet.com.au/article/110465/gt_interactive_adds_another_software_developer_its_stable/
  3. ^ https://www.gamespot.com/articles/gt-buys-uk-dev-house/1100-2465913/
  4. ^ Gibson, Ellie (27 February 2006). "Atari reaches settlement with ex-Reflections boss". GamesIndustry. Retrieved 7 April 2009. 
  5. ^ Carless, Simon (13 July 2006). "Atari Sells Driver, Reflections To Ubisoft". Gamasutra. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
  6. ^ Rachel Weber (26 February 2014). "On Reflections: First interview with the Ubisoft studio's new MD". GamesIndustry.biz. Eurogamer. Retrieved 29 July 2017. 
  7. ^ John Hill (2 February 2012). "Ubisoft Reflections experts help develop PlayStation Vita titles". nebusiness. Newcastle Journal. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  8. ^ David Hinkle (6 February 2012). "Ubisoft Reflections resume outs unannounced Kinect game". Joystiq. Joystiq. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "Ubisoft Reflections Working on a Unannounced Game, Reveal at E3". Joystiq. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Ubisoft Reveals the Crew a New Racer From Ivory Tower and Reflections at E3". Edge Online. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 

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