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TalonSoft, Inc.
IndustryVideo game industry
FoundedMarch 3, 1995; 24 years ago (1995-03-03) in Towson, Maryland
  • Jim Rose
  • John Davidson
Defunct2002 (2002)
Key people
ParentTake-Two Interactive (1998–2002)

TalonSoft, Inc. was an American video game developer and publisher based in Baltimore, Maryland. The company was founded in March 1995, by video game producers Jim Rose and John Davidson. On December 24, 1998, Take-Two Interactive announced that they had acquired TalonSoft, stating that they planned to push their capabilities in the personal computer video game market.[1][2] The deal comprised 1,033,336 shares accounted as a pooling-of-interest.[3] TalonSoft ceased all operations in 2002.[4] On October 6, 2005, Matrix Games announced that they had acquired the rights to all games developed by TalonSoft.[5]

Games developed[edit]

Year Title Publisher(s)
1995 Battleground: Bulge-Ardennes TalonSoft, Empire Interactive
Battleground 2: Gettysburg
1996 Battleground 3: Waterloo
Battleground 4: Shiloh
Battleground 5: Antietam
Age of Sail
1997 Battleground 6: Napoleon in Russia
Battleground 7: Bull Run
Battleground 8: Prelude to Waterloo
TalonSoft's East Front
1998 TalonSoft's West Front
The Operational Art of War I: 1939–1955
1999 The Operational Art of War II: Modern Battles 1956–2000 TalonSoft, Take-Two Interactive
Battleground 9: Chickamauga
TalonSoft's Battle of Britain
TalonSoft's East Front 2
TalonSoft's 12 O'Clock High: Bombing the Reich
2000 TalonSoft's Rising Sun
2001 TalonSoft's Divided Ground: Middle East Conflict 1948–1973

Games published[edit]

Year Title Developer(s)
1998 Tribal Rage Disintegrator
1999 Spec Ops: Stealth Patrol Runecraft
Spec Ops: Ranger Elite
Jagged Alliance 2 Sir-Tech Canada
Spec Ops II: Green Berets Zombie Inc.
Hidden & Dangerous Illusion Softworks
2000 Tzar: The Burden of the Crown Haemimont Multimedia
JetFighter IV: Fortress America Mission Studios
Codename Eagle Refraction Games
Dogs of War Silicon Dreams Studio
Martian Gothic: Unification Creative Reality
Metal Fatigue Zono
2001 Age of Sail II Akella
Merchant Prince II Holistic Design
Outlive Continuum Entertainment


  1. ^ Dunkin, Alan (December 24, 1998). "Take-Two Buys TalonSoft". GameSpot. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  2. ^ Ocampo, Jason (December 28, 1998). "Take 2 Takes TalonSoft". CNET Gamecenter. Archived from the original on October 8, 1999.
  3. ^ Rogers, Dan Lee (March 3, 2004). "The End Game: How Top Developers Sold Their Studios – Part One". Gamasutra. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  4. ^ Carless, Simon (October 6, 2005). "Matrix Games Acquires Rights To Talonsoft Titles". Gamasutra. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  5. ^ Parrino, Scott (October 7, 2005). "Matrix Acquires Talonsoft License". Wargamer. Retrieved February 17, 2018.