Traveller's Tales

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Travellers Tales (UK) Limited
Traveller's Tales
Subsidiary
IndustryVideo game industry
Founded1989; 29 years ago (1989)
FounderJon Burton
Headquarters,
Key people
ParentTT Games (2005–present)
Websitettgames.com

Travellers Tales (UK) Limited, doing business as Traveller's Tales, is a British video game developer and a subsidiary of TT Games.

Traveller's Tales was founded in 1989 by Jon Burton. Initially a small company focused on its own content, it grew in profile through developing games with larger companies such as Sega and Disney Interactive Studios. In 1996, the company incorporated under the name Currentclass, but changed its name to Travellers Tales (UK), doing business as Traveller's Tales, two months later. In 2004, development on Lego Star Wars: The Video Game started with publisher Giant Interactive Entertainment, and, the following year Traveller's Tales purchased and merged with Giant Interactive Entertainment, forming TT Games. From that point, Traveller's Tales served as the company's development branch, while Giant Interactive Entertainment became TT Games Publishing, the publishing branch.[1][2] In 2007, the company acquired another developer and an animation studio, which became TT Fusion and TT Animation.[3][4]

On 8 November 2007, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced that they had purchased TT Games for an undisclosed amount as part of their expansion into the video game industry.[5]

History[edit]

Logo of Traveller's Tales from 1995 to 2004 created by Rodney Matthews in 1994[6]

Traveller's Tales started developing games with Psygnosis, which were most notable for creating 3D effects. Their first game was Leander, also known as The Legend of Galahad. With Psygnosis they developed a video game adaption of Bram Stoker's Dracula, as well as other original productions like Puggsy. Thanks to an agreement between Psygnosis, Sony Imagesoft and Disney Interactive Studios, Traveller's Tales could produce several games based on Disney's properties, such as the Mickey Mouse game Mickey Mania: The Timeless Adventures of Mickey Mouse and other games based on Pixar movies like Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue and Finding Nemo (the latter two thanks to agreements with Activision and THQ).

However, Traveller's Tales was best known in the 1990s and early 2000's for their second-party collaboration with Sega to develop games based on the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, resulting in Sonic 3D Blast and Sonic R, which were produced in close effort with Sega's Sonic Team. Both games were regarded as technical achievements in the Mega Drive (Sonic 3D Blast) and the Sega Saturn (Sonic R), adding to the high-tech development status they already had with games like Puggsy, Mickey Mania and Toy Story. They were also responsible for Crash Twinsanity, under the Vivendi label. The game has gained a Cult following and is widely considered the best Crash Bandicoot game post-Naughty Dog era.

They developed Lego Star Wars: The Video Game as well as its follow-ups. Outside of the Lego games, their work includes the franchise Crash Bandicoot, The Chronicles of Narnia, Super Monkey Ball Adventure, and World Rally Championship and F1 Grand Prix for the PlayStation Portable.

The company was purchased by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment at the end of 8 November 2007,[7] but continued to operate independently with the development of Lego Batman: The Videogame, which was released in September 2008. Thereafter they continued their work on licensed titles such as Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues, Lego Harry Potter: Years 5–7, Lego The Lord of the Rings, Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, and Lego Marvel Super Heroes. It was also announced during the Star Wars Celebration VI that a Lego Star Wars IV was in production, though no in-game image or released date were shown.[citation needed]

The company has also produced games based on existing and new Lego properties such as a trilogy of Lego games based on the Chima universe and Lego City Undercover, the first Lego game to be published by Nintendo for Wii U. The Lego Movie Videogame was released on 7 February 2014, together with The Lego Movie.

Traveller's Tales has won two BAFTAs, one for Gameplay with Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, and one for Children's Videogame of the Year for Lego Batman: The Videogame.[8][9] The company was originally located in a small office in Southport, Merseyside, but later moved to larger offices in Knutsford, in Cheshire. Since 2015 the company has its head office in Warner House, London,[10] although development is still based in Cheshire.[11]

Games developed[edit]

Year Title Publisher(s)
1991 Leander Psygnosis
1993 Bram Stoker's Dracula Sony Imagesoft
Puggsy Psygnosis
1994 Mickey Mania: The Timeless Adventures of Mickey Mouse Sony Imagesoft/Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
1995 Toy Story Disney Interactive
1996 Sonic 3D Blast Sega
1997 Sonic R
1998 Rascal Psygnosis
A Bug's Life Sony Computer Entertainment/Activision
1999 Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue Activision
2000 Muppet RaceMania Midway Games/Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Activision
2001 Toy Story Racer
Weakest Link
Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex Vivendi Universal Games
2002 Haven: Call of the King Midway Games
2003 Finding Nemo THQ
2004 Crash Twinsanity Vivendi Universal Games
2005 Lego Star Wars: The Video Game Eidos Interactive/Giant Interactive Entertainment
F1 Grand Prix Sony Computer Entertainment
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Buena Vista Games
World Rally Championship Sony Computer Entertainment
2006 Super Monkey Ball Adventure Sega
Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy LucasArts
Bionicle Heroes Eidos Interactive
2007 Transformers: The Game Activision
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga LucasArts
2008 Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures
Lego Batman: The Videogame Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Disney Interactive Studios
2009 Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues LucasArts
2010 Lego Harry Potter: Years 1–4 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
2011 Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars LucasArts
Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game Disney Interactive Studios
Lego Harry Potter: Years 5–7 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
2012 Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
Lego The Lord of the Rings
2013 Lego Marvel Super Heroes
2014 Lego The Hobbit
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
2015 Lego Dimensions
2016 Lego Marvel's Avengers
2017 Lego Worlds
Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2
2018 Lego DC Super-Villains
2019 The Lego Movie 2 Videogame[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wallis, Alistair (9 November 2006). "Playing Catch Up: Traveller's Tales' Jon Burton". Gamasutra. UBM TechWeb. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  2. ^ Feddy, Kevin (18 January 2013). "The £100m 'geek'". Manchester Evening News. M.E.N Media. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  3. ^ Boyes, Emma (4 January 2007). "Traveller's Tales acquires Embryonic". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  4. ^ Boyer, Brandon (31 May 2007). "TT Games Acquires Motion Capture Studio Centroid". Gamasutra. UBM TechWeb. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  5. ^ Webster, Andrew (4 September 2014). "How Lego is using Doctor Who and The Simpsons to create the next big video game". The Verge. Vox Media. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Original TT Logo Painting Removed from Frame - GameHut is ONE YEAR OLD!".
  7. ^ Martin, Matt (8 November 2007). "Warner Bros. swoops for Traveller's Tales". GamesIndustry.biz. Gamer Network. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  8. ^ "LEGO Batman: The Videogame". gamesindustry.biz. December 1, 2008. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
  9. ^ "GRAW grabs BAFTA top award". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. October 6, 2006. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
  10. ^ "TRAVELLERS TALES (UK) LIMITED - Overview (free company information from Companies House)". beta.companieshouse.gov.uk. Retrieved 2017-04-16.
  11. ^ "Contact - TT Games". www.ttgames.com. Retrieved 2017-04-16.
  12. ^ Santangelo, Nick (2018-11-27). "The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame Announced for 2019". IGN. Retrieved 2018-11-27.

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