Tripwire Interactive

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Tripwire Interactive LLC
Company typeSubsidiary
IndustryVideo games
FoundedFebruary 17, 2005; 19 years ago (2005-02-17)
FounderJohn Gibson & Alan Wilson
Key people
Alan Wilson (Interim CEO)
Number of employees
113[1] (2022)
ParentSaber Interactive (2022–2024)
Embracer Group (2024-present)

Tripwire Interactive LLC is an American video game developer and publisher based in Roswell, Georgia.


Tripwire was co-founded by John Gibson and Alan Wilson with support by members of the international team that created Unreal Tournament 2004 mod Red Orchestra: Combined Arms. Red Orchestra won top prize in the Nvidia-sponsored Make Something Unreal competition.[2] Their first retail product, Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45, was released over Valve's Steam service on March 14, 2006.

Tripwire's second game, Killing Floor, was released on May 14, 2009. Like Red Orchestra, this game also began development as a mod for Unreal Tournament 2004, later becoming a standalone retail title.[3] Tripwire released and published their third game on September 13, 2011 titled Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad[4], which is the sequel to their debut World War II-themed Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 first-person shooter. The title focuses heavily on the Battle of Stalingrad.[5] and uses Unreal Engine 3. On May 30, 2013, the expansion pack Rising Storm was released, focusing on the Pacific War with real life battle locations such as the Battle of Iwo Jima.

After 2014, both Rising Storm and Red Orchestra 2 were integrated into a singular release titled Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad with Rising Storm.

Tripwire Interactive announced their fifth game, Killing Floor 2 in May 2014 and released it into early access in early 2015.[6] In 2015, Tripwire announced Rising Storm 2: Vietnam at E3 2015 and proceeded to release it in 2017.[7]

On September 4, 2021, Tripwire CEO and co-founder John Gibson stated on Twitter that he supports the Texas Heartbeat Act. The act bans abortion after an embryo’s heartbeat is detected, except to save the mother's life.[8][9] In response, Gibson faced criticism from people involved in the video games industry, including Torn Banner Studios, which had used Tripwire for publishing of Chivalry 2, and Shipwright Studios, which had been working with Tripwire for three years but stated their intent to terminate these contracts due to the comments.[10] By September 6, 2021, Gibson announced he was stepping down as CEO of Tripwire, and the company issued its own announcement that "the comments given by John Gibson are of his own opinion, and do not reflect those of Tripwire Interactive as a company".[11] Tripwire announced that co-founder and vice president Alan Wilson would assume Gibson's duties, and the company would immediately address employee concerns related to Gibson's statement and promote open communication to transition to the new leadership.[11]

In August 2022, it was announced that Tripwire was being purchased by Embracer Group, the parent company of THQ Nordic. The company would be made a subsidiary of Saber Interactive.[12] In March 2024, Embracer sold Saber to Beacon Interactive. The deal included several of the studios under Saber, but Tripwire will remain under Embracer.[13]

Games developed[edit]

Former logo used until 2015.
Title Engine Release date Platform(s) Aggregated scores[14]
Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 Unreal Engine 2.5 March 14, 2006 Windows, Linux, OS X 81[15]
Killing Floor May 14, 2009 Windows, Linux, OS X 72[16]
Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad Unreal Engine 3 September 13, 2011 Windows 76[17]
Rising Storm May 30, 2013 Windows 82[18]
Killing Floor 2 November 18, 2016 Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One 82.33[19]
Rising Storm 2: Vietnam May 30, 2017 Windows 81[20]
Killing Floor: Incursion Unreal Engine 4 November 14, 2017 Windows (VR), PlayStation 4 (PlayStation VR) 68[21]
Maneater May 22, 2020 Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S 69.67[22]
Killing Floor 3 Unreal Engine 5 TBA Windows, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S

Games published[edit]


  1. ^ "Tripwire Interactive Revenue and Growth", Growjo, Retrieved March 5, 2022
  2. ^ Make Something Unreal: Best FPS Mod Archived June 22, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ GT Q&A: Tripwire's Killing Floor
  4. ^ "Release Date delayed". Official forums. Retrieved August 8, 2011.
  5. ^ Breckon, Nick (May 4, 2009). "Red Orchestra Sequel to Feature First FPS German Single-player Campaign". ShackNews. Retrieved May 5, 2009.
  6. ^ "Killing Floor 2 first look". PC Gamer. May 8, 2014. Retrieved May 8, 2014.
  7. ^ "Rising Storm 2: Vietnam Officially Announced!". Retrieved September 30, 2015.
  8. ^ Zwiezen, Zack (September 5, 2021). "Killing Floor Boss Pleased Texas Women Losing Basic Human Rights [Update]". Kotaku. Retrieved September 7, 2021.
  9. ^ Gibson, John (September 4, 2021). "Twitter Status updated: 1434245886670901250". Twitter. Archived from the original on September 5, 2021. Retrieved September 6, 2021.
  10. ^ PC Gamer: Chivalry 2 developer condemns Tripwire over company president's support for abortion ban
  11. ^ a b Plunkett, Luke (September 6, 2021). "Tripwire CEO 'Steps Down' After Supporting Texas Anti-Abortion Law". Kotaku. Retrieved September 6, 2021.
  12. ^ Shaun Prescott (August 18, 2022). "Embracer goes on spending spree: buys Lord of the Rings IP rights, Tripwire Interactive, and more". PC Gamer. Retrieved September 16, 2023.
  13. ^ Yin-Poole, Wesley (March 14, 2024). "Saber Interactive Splits From Embracer, Taking 38 Video Game Projects With It". IGN. Retrieved March 15, 2024.
  14. ^ Scores are the average of the Metacritic aggregate score received for all platforms.
  15. ^ "Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 PC". Metacritic.
  16. ^ "Killing Floor PC". Metacritic.
  17. ^ "Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad PC". Metacritic.
  18. ^ "Rising Storm PC". Metacritic.
  19. ^ "Killing Floor 2 PC, PlayStation 4 & Xbox One". Metacritic.
  20. ^ "Rising Storm 2: Vietnam". Metacritic. Retrieved January 14, 2022.
  21. ^ "Killing Floor: Incursion PC & PlayStation 4". Metacritic.
  22. ^ "Maneater PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One & Nintendo Switch". Metacritic.
  23. ^ Yoshiro's post on the Steam forums about Dwarfs
  24. ^ "Rising Storm 2: Vietnam PC". Metacritic.
  25. ^ Oculus Quest Page
  26. ^ Gillan, Ryan (June 10, 2019). "Chivalry 2 announced, coming to Epic Games Store in 2020". Polygon. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  27. ^ Deceive Inc. Steam Page

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