Titus Interactive

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Titus Software
ISINFR0000050122
IndustryVideo games
FateBankruptcy and Dissolution; Sold to Ubisoft, Interplay Entertainment and Sega
Founded1985; 33 years ago (1985) (as Titus France SA)
FoundersEric Caen, Hervé Caen
Defunct2005 (2005)
HeadquartersLagny-sur-Marne, France
ProductsVideo games
Revenue€ 73.2 million (2002)
DivisionsDigital Integration
BlueSky Software
SubsidiariesTitus Interactive Studio
Titus Software Corporation
Titus Japan K.K.
Titus Software UK Limited
PronostiX S.A.
Sofra Jeux
EyeOne A/S
Interplay Europe
Avalon Interactive
Avalon France
Websitewww.titus-interactive.com (archived)

Titus Interactive SA,[1] previously Titus France SA,[2] was a French software publisher that produced and published video games for various platforms. Its head office was located in Parc de l'Esplanade in Lagny sur Marne in Greater Paris.[1] At one time, it was instead located in Montfermeil, also in Greater Paris.[2]

History[edit]

Founded by brothers Eric Caen and Hervé Caen in France in 1985,[3] Titus began releasing titles for home computers such as the Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum and PC before moving on to consoles like the Sega Master System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy and Game Boy Color, PlayStation, Sega Dreamcast and Nintendo 64, followed by publishing titles for the GameCube, PlayStation 2 and Xbox.

Titus designed games such as Virtual Kasparov, Automobili Lamborghini, Virtual Chess 64, Roadsters (the Nintendo 64 version), Incredible Crisis (developed by Polygon Magic), Prehistorik Man and Lamborghini American Challenge, that were given positive reviews. Titus however was also involved in the creation of games that were notable due to their negative reception. Superman for the Nintendo 64 was notorious for its negative status among gamers. GameTrailers called it the worst game of all time.[4] As of 2018, it holds a score of 23% at GameRankings.[5] Similarly, the 2003 game RoboCop also received negative reviews. GameSpot gave it 2.2/10 saying "RoboCop has a bevy of horrible problems that render the game practically unplayable."[6]

Acquisitions[edit]

Bankruptcy[edit]

Titus filed bankruptcy on January 9, 2005 with €33 million ($43.8 million USD) debt.[9] Titus game rights were transferred to Interplay Entertainment.

Games[edit]

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  • Garfield: Saving Arlene (published by Titus in Japan only)
  • Counter Terrorist Special Forces: Fire for Effect (published by Titus in Japan only)

Subsidiaries[edit]

Titus had several subsidiaries. The United States subsidiary, Titus Software Corporation, had its head office in Chatsworth, Los Angeles. The Japanese subsidiary, Titus Japan K.K., had its head office on the eighth floor of the Kotubuki Dogenzaka Building in Dōgenzaka (JA), Shibuya, Tokyo.[1] The UK subsidiary, Titus Software UK Limited, had its head office in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Contact." Titus Interactive. 3 June 2004. Retrieved on 4 September 2012. "Titus Interactive SA : Parc de l'Esplanade 12, rue Enrico Fermi 77462 Lagny sur Marne Cedex. FRANCE"
  2. ^ a b "Profie." Titus Games. 30 June 1998. Retrieved on 4 September 2012. "310 Avenue Daniel Perdrige, 93370 Montfermeil."
  3. ^ IGN Staff (1998). "Eric Caen of Titus Software (interview)". IGN. Retrieved June 21, 2010.
  4. ^ "Top 10 Best and Worst Video Games of All Time". 2006-11-17. Retrieved June 21, 2010.
  5. ^ "Superman Reviews". GameRankings. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  6. ^ "Robocop Review". Gamespot. Archived from the original on July 16, 2012. Retrieved June 21, 2010.
  7. ^ http://www.ign.com/companies/titus
  8. ^ LA Times (August 17, 2001). "Titus Takes Control of Irvine's Interplay". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 21, 2010.
  9. ^ "Titus bankrupt, Interplay's future uncertain". Gamespot. 2005-01-05. Retrieved 2013-05-06.
  10. ^ "Contacts." Titus Interactive. 3 February 2002. Retrieved on 4 September 2012.

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