Sumo Digital

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Sumo Digital
Private
Industry
Founded 2003
Headquarters Sheffield, United Kingdom
Key people
  • Carl Cavers
  • Paul Porter
  • Darren Mills
  • Chris Stockwell
  • Ian Livingstone
Number of employees
270
Subsidiaries Sumo Digital Nottingham
Sumo Digital Pune[1][2]
Website www.sumo-digital.com

Sumo Digital Ltd. is an independent game development studio based in Sheffield, United Kingdom. Set up in 2003 following the closure of Infogrames Studios Sheffield/Gremlin Interactive.[3][4] Sumo currently employs more than 270 development staff,[5] many of whom had previously worked together at Infogrames and Gremlin.[6]

History[edit]

The company was formed in 2003 by Carl Cavers, Paul Porter, Darren Mills and James North-Hearn, mostly former members of Gremlin. Carl Cavers joined Gremlin in 1995 as a Quality and Systems Manager, becoming Studio Manager in 1998. Paul Porter wrote the low-level code for the Broken Sword series on PC and Playstation before joining Gremlin in 1997 to work in R&D. Darren Mills was a Cameraman and Editor for the BBC, ITV and Sky Sports before joining Gremlin in 1995 as Lead Artist, later becoming Studio Art Director at Infogrames Sheffield House.[7] The Infogrames Sheffield Studio itself was originally Gremlin Interactive, prior to Infogrames acquiring the company in 1999.[8]

On 17 August 2007, Sumo Digital was acquired by Foundation 9 Entertainment,[9] and joined Foundation 9's collection of independent studios.[10] However on 11 November 2014 the executive team completed a management buyout, gaining independence from Foundation 9 Entertainment.[11]

Several staff members from now-defunct game studios Bizarre Creations and Black Rock Studio are confirmed to be working for Sumo Digital.[12] It has two game studios,Sumo Digital Nottingham in U.K and Sumo Digital Pune in India[13][14]

Games developed[edit]

Name Platform(s) Publisher(s) Year
England International Football[15] Xbox Codemasters 2004
OutRun 2[16][17] Xbox Sega 2004
TOCA Race Driver 2[18] PlayStation Portable Codemasters 2005
Virtua Tennis World Tour[19] PlayStation Portable Sega 2005
OutRun 2SP[20] PlayStation 2 Sega 2006
OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast[21] PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows, Xbox Sega 2006
Go! Sudoku[22][23] PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3 Sony Online Entertainment[24] 2006
TOCA Race Driver 3[25] PlayStation Portable Codemasters 2006
Race Driver 2006[26] PlayStation Portable Codemasters 2006
Broken Sword: The Angel of Death[27] Microsoft Windows THQ 2006
Driver 76[28] PlayStation Portable Ubisoft 2007
Super Rub 'a' Dub[29] PlayStation 3 Sony Online Entertainment[30] 2007
Virtua Tennis 3[31] PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Sega 2007
Sega Superstars Tennis[32] Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii Sega 2008
New International Track & Field[33] Nintendo DS Konami 2008
GTI Club+: Rally Côte d'Azur[34] PlayStation 3 Konami 2008
OutRun Online Arcade[35] PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Sega 2009
Virtua Tennis 2009[36] PlayStation 3, Wii, Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Sega 2009
F1 2009[37] PlayStation Portable, Wii Codemasters 2009
Disney's A Christmas Carol[38] Nintendo DS, Wii Disney Interactive Studios 2009
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing[39] Arcade, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, Wii, Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Sega 2010
Doctor Who: The Adventure Games[40] Microsoft Windows, OS X BBC 2010-2011
Dead Space Ignition[41] PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Electronic Arts 2010
Hasbro Family Game Night 3[42] Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii Electronic Arts 2010
Split/Second: Velocity[43][44] PlayStation Portable Disney Interactive 2010
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing[45] iOS, Android, BlackBerry Sega 2011
F1 2011[46][47] PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS Codemasters 2011
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, Wii U, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360 Sega 2012
Nike+ Kinect Training[48] Xbox 360 Microsoft 2012
LittleBigPlanet 2 Cross-Controller Pack PlayStation 3 Sony Computer Entertainment 2012
Moshi Monsters Katsuma Unleashed Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS Activision 2013
Xbox Fitness Xbox One Microsoft 2013
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed iOS, Android Sega 2013
Forza Horizon 2 Xbox 360 Microsoft Studios 2014
Scorched: Combat Racing[49] iOS, Android Rogue Play 2014
LittleBigPlanet 3[50] PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 Sony Computer Entertainment 2014
Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious Xbox 360 Microsoft Studios 2015
Disney Infinity 3.0[51] Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii, Wii U Disney Interactive Studios 2015
Crackdown 3 Xbox One Microsoft Studios 2017
Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom iOS, Android Sega 2015
Dead Island 2 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Deep Silver TBA

References[edit]

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  2. ^ http://www.develop-online.net/news/ex-lionhead-art-director-joins-sumo-digital/0220687
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  11. ^ "Sumo Digital separates from parent company". 11 November 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  12. ^ http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-04-30-sonic-and-all-stars-racing-transformed-preview-the-saviour-of-arcade-racers
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  19. ^ "Virtua Tennis World Tour". Deaf Gamers. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
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  28. ^ "Driver '76". Moby Games. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
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  33. ^ Martin Robinson IGN UK (18 June 2008). "New International Track & Field – review at IGN". Uk.ds.ign.com. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  34. ^ GTI Club+ – Playstation.com UK Archived 27 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
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  36. ^ "Virtua Tennis 2009". Moby Games. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  37. ^ Martin Robinson IGN UK (17 November 2009). "F1 2009 – IGN". Uk.wii.ign.com. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  38. ^ "Disney's A Christmas Carol – Gamespot UK". Uk.gamespot.com. 6 November 2009. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  39. ^ "Interview with Steve Lycett". Digital Spy. 4 February 2010. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  40. ^ "In Pictures – Doctor Who: The Adventure Games – Develop". Develop-online.net. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  41. ^ "Dead Space 2 Prequel Coming To Xbox Live and PSN". industrygamers.com. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  42. ^ "Hasbro Family Game Night 3". Moby Games. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  43. ^ Purchese, Robert (7 July 2010). "Disney converting Split/Second to PSP". EuroGamer. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
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  45. ^ "Review of Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing". PocketGamer. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
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  47. ^ "article on F1 2011's 3DS release date". Videogamer.com. 25 November 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  48. ^ "Nike+ Kinect Training". Uk.ign.com. 5 June 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  49. ^ "Scorched - Combat Racing". Rogue Play. 22 October 2014. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  50. ^ "LittleBigPlanet 3 coming to PS4 this November". 10 June 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  51. ^ "June Cover Revealed – Disney Infinity 3.0". 7 May 2015. Retrieved 7 May 2015. 

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