TopWare Interactive

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TopWare Interactive – AC Enterprises e.K.
Private
IndustryVideo games
Founded1996; 24 years ago (1996)
Headquarters,
Germany
ProductsEarth series
Two Worlds series
Raven's Cry
Parent
  • TopWare CD-Service AG (1996–2001)
  • Zuxxez Entertainment (2001–2016)
DivisionsReality Pump Studios
Websitetopware.com

TopWare Interactive – AC Enterprises e.K. is a German video game publisher based in Karlsruhe.[1] The company is best known for publishing the Two Worlds series developed by its Reality Pump Studios division.

History[edit]

TopWare Interactive was started in 1995 as a video game publishing subsidiary of TopWare CD Service AG based in Mannheim, Germany— which included two inhouse development studios, ToonTRAXX and TopWare Programy, which was later renamed to Reality Pump Studios based in Poland. In February 2001, TopWare CD Service AG filed for bankruptcy.[2] All rights, including both development studios, were acquired by Zuxxez Entertainment AG.

The company was resurrected by Zuxxez in 2005.[3] In 2011, Zuxxez officially changed its name back to TopWare Interactive, thus completely abandoning the Zuxxez brand. TopWare Interactive AG's American company, TopWare Interactive Inc., revealed that it was developing Battle vs. Chess to be published by SouthPeak Games. Interplay Entertainment sued and won an injunction to stop sales in the United States. In February 2012, Interplay won the case by default and a settlement was agreed on 15 November 2012. Terms of the settlement were $200,000 plus interest.[4]

TopWare Interactive / Zuxxez Entertainment filed for bankruptcy again on February 1, 2016.[5] While the company has not released any official comment on the subject yet, the insolvency has already been registered in the European Insolvency Register.[6] The filing for bankruptcy comes just a few days after the pulling of Vendetta - Curse of Raven's Cry (the last game published by TopWare Interactive, a re-release of Raven's Cry) from Steam. Nevertheless TopWare quietly released the game again later.

However on March 26, 2016 TopWare announced it has begun development of Two Worlds 3 which is set to be released in 2020.[7]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ TopWare Interactive. "Company Profile". TopWare Interactive. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  2. ^ Golem.de (5 February 2001). "TopWare stellt Insolvenzantrag" (in German). Klaß & Ihlenfeld Verlag GmbH. Retrieved 1 October 2008.
  3. ^ Golem.de (26 April 2005). "Topware Interactive startet neu - in den USA" (in German). Klaß & Ihlenfeld Verlag GmbH. Retrieved 1 October 2008.
  4. ^ Matt Pooled, "Interplay Wins in the Battle Chess Saga against Topware and SouthPeak", Bright Side of News, 2 November 2013
  5. ^ http://www.gamestar.de/spiele/vendetta-curse-of-ravens-cry/news/topware_interactive,53003,3267337.html
  6. ^ https://e-justice.europa.eu/iri/integrated//details/show.html?keys%5B0%5D=c89d73ca-6e7c-4f98-97fe-3f79a689482a&id=gerichte/bw/agkarlsruhe/15/G1_IN_783_15/2016_02_01__15_00_44_Eroeffnung.htm&endpointId=2&isUsingJS=true
  7. ^ http://www.pcgamer.com/two-worlds-3-in-development-two-worlds-2-comes-to-linuxsteamos/
  8. ^ http://www.topware.com/en/scivelation.html
  9. ^ http://www.trueachievements.com/n14529/sacrilegium-resurfaces-with-a-trailer.htm
  10. ^ https://steamcommunity.com/app/215450/discussions/0/350540973991623520/

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