SkyBox Labs

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SkyBox Labs
Private
IndustryComputer and video games
Interactive entertainment
Founded2011; 7 years ago (2011)
HeadquartersBurnaby, British Columbia, Canada
ProductsVideo games
Websiteskyboxlabs.com

SkyBox Labs is an independent video game developer located in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. They are mostly known for their work with Microsoft Studios on the Halo and Minecraft franchises.

History[edit]

SkyBox Labs collaborated with Relentless Software on their first title, Kinect Nat Geo TV, which was developed for Xbox 360 with Kinect. It was published by Microsoft Studios and released on September 18, 2012. It received mostly positive reviews, scoring 78 out of 100 on review aggregator site Metacritic.[1]

SkyBox Labs continued working with Microsoft Studios after that, co-developing an expansion pack for Age of Empires II HD called The Forgotten with Forgotten Empires, which was released on November 7, 2013. They also worked on a remaster of Age of Mythology called Age of Mythology: Extended Edition, which was released in May 8, 2014 and received mixed reviews, scoring 66 out of 100 on Metacritic,[2] they also co-developed a new expansion for Age of Mythology: Extended Edition called Tale of the Dragon together with Forgotten Empires, which was released on January 28, 2016. They also developed a remaster of Rise of Nations, Rise of Nations Extended Edition, released on June 12, 2014.

On June 17, 2014, EA Sports UFC was a collaboration between EA Canada and SkyBox Games. It was the first UFC game after THQ lost the license and it was sold to Electronic Arts. Final product received mixed, but mostly positive reviews, with Xbox One version scoring 71 out of 100 on Metacritic[3] and PlayStation 4 version scoring 69 out of 100.[4]

Their next work was a simulation, sandbox video game called Project Spark, co-developed with Team Dakota and published by Microsoft Studios. It was released on October 8, 2014.

Japanese company DeNA published their next two video games, first being Military Masters for iOS and Android, which was released on December 4, 2014, and second being Protocol Zero for Samsung Gear VR, which was released in January 5, 2015.

SkyBox Labs then developed and self-published Parade Runner for iOS and Android, which was released on April 9, 2015. Company is also working on a PC game called Lethal Tactics, which was released in Early Access on Steam on May 20, 2015.

Games[edit]

Year Release date Title Publisher Genre(s) Platform(s) Additional note(s)
2012 November 18, 2012 Kinect Nat Geo TV Microsoft Studios Interactive movie, simulation Xbox 360 with Kinect Co-developed with Relentless Software
2013 November 5, 2013 Dragon Arena SkyBox Labs Fighting, strategy iOS Developed, published
2013 November 7, 2013 Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten Microsoft Studios Real-time strategy Windows Co-developed expansion pack with Forgotten Empires
2014 May 8, 2014 Age of Mythology: Extended Edition Microsoft Studios Real-time strategy Windows Remastered
2014 June 12, 2014 Rise of Nations Extended Edition Microsoft Studios Real-time strategy Windows Remastered
2014 June 17, 2014 EA Sports UFC Electronic Arts Fighting, sports Xbox One, PlayStation 4 Co-developed with EA Canada
2014 October 8, 2014 Project Spark Microsoft Studios Simulation, sandbox Xbox One, Windows Co-developed with Team Dakota
2014 December 4, 2014 Military Masters DeNA Turn-based tactics iOS, Android Developed
2015 January 5, 2015 Protocol Zero DeNA First-person shooter, stealth Gear VR Developed
2015 April 9, 2015 Parade Runner SkyBox Labs Endless runner iOS, Android Developed, published
2015 August 24, 2015 Grandia II Anniversary Edition GungHo Online Entertainment Role-playing Windows Developed
2015 November 5, 2015 Age of Empires II HD: The African Kingdoms Microsoft Studios Real-time strategy Windows Co-developed expansion pack with Forgotten Empires
2016 January 28, 2016 Age of Mythology: Tale of the Dragon Microsoft Studios Real-time strategy Windows Co-developed expansion pack with Forgotten Empires
2016 May 10, 2016 TASTEE: Lethal Tactics SkyBox Labs Turn-based tactics Windows Developed, published
2016 September 8, 2016 Halo 5: Forge Microsoft Studios Windows Developed
2016 December 19, 2016 Age of Empires II HD: Rise of the Rajas Microsoft Studios Real-time strategy Windows Co-developed expansion pack with Forgotten Empires
2018 June 21, 2018 Minecraft Microsoft Studios Sandbox, survival Windows, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android, Gear VR, Fire TV Co-developed Bedrock Edition and Better Together Update for Nintendo Switch[5]
TBA TBA Halo Infinite Microsoft Studios First-person shooter Xbox One, Windows Co-developed with 343 Industries[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kinect Nat Geo TV Unleashed for Xbox 360 Reviews - Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved August 19, 2015.
  2. ^ "Age of Mythology: Extended Edition for PC Reviews - Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved August 19, 2015.
  3. ^ "EA Sports UFC for Xbox One Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved July 3, 2014.
  4. ^ "EA Sports UFC for PlayStation 4 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved July 3, 2014.
  5. ^ "SkyBox Labs Brings Bedrock Version of Minecraft to Nintendo Switch - SkyBox Labs". skyboxlabs.com. Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  6. ^ Makuch, Eddie (2018-07-27). "Halo Infinite Adds A Co-Developer". GameSpot. Retrieved 2018-07-27.

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