Trapdoor (company)

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Trapdoor Inc.
IndustryVideo game industry
FoundedAugust 2008; 10 years ago (2008-08)
FounderKen Schachter
Defunct16 December 2012 (2012-12-16)
Key people
Ken Schachter
Number of employees
15 (2011)

Trapdoor Inc. was a Canadian video game developer based in Montreal. Founded in August 2008 by Ken Schachter, the company developed Warp and co-published Polytron Corporation's Fez, both in 2012. A third title, Heist, was cancelled mid-development. Trapdoor dissolved in December 2012.


Trapdoor was established in August 2008 by Ken Schachter, formerly chief technology officer for American Apparel and later studio manager of Gameloft Montreal.[1] By October that year, the company also employed former game designer at Gameloft Montreal and Ubisoft Montreal, Alex Charbonneau, as lead game designer.[1] Trapdoor stated that they would strictly follow the International Game Developers Association's developer crediting standard in their upcoming games.[1] Their first game would be an original intellectual property for personal computers, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.[1] By May 2011, Trapdoor employed 15 people, with Schachter managing the studio.[2]

In November 2010, it was announced that Trapdoor had signed a publishing agreement with Electronic Arts for their game, which was announced to be Warp.[3] Warp was first released for Xbox 360 in February 2012, and Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 3 the following March.[4] Trapdoor announced in March 2011 that they would co-publish the Polytron Corporation-developed game Fez.[5] Fez was released in April 2012 for Xbox 360.[6] A third title, codenamed Heist, entered production in early 2012, but was cancelled six months into development.[7]

Trapdoor was quitely disestablished on 16 December 2012.[7]

Games developed[edit]

  • Warp (2012)
  • Fez (2012)
  • Heist (cancelled)


  1. ^ a b c d Caoili, Eric. "Ubisoft, Gameloft Vets Form Independent Studio". Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  2. ^ Bossche, Andrew Vanden. "Interview: Trapdoor Studios On Warp And Small-Scale Development". Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  3. ^ "EA and Trapdoor sign, announce Warp – Gematsu". 10 November 2010. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  4. ^ "XBLA's House Party kicks off today with Warp". Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Fez being co-published by Trapdoor". Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  6. ^ "'Fez' release date is Friday the 13th, on XBLA". Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Heist [XBLA/PSN/PC – Cancelled] – Unseen64". 1 June 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2018.