United Front Games

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United Front Games, Inc.
Private
Industry Computer and video games
Interactive entertainment
Founded 2007
Headquarters Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Key people
Stephen van der Mescht[1]
Products ModNation Racers
Sleeping Dogs
LittleBigPlanet Karting
Website www.unitedfrontgames.com

United Front Games is a Canadian development studio based in Vancouver. They currently create titles for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows. They are the developers of ModNation Racers[2] and the critical and commercial success Sleeping Dogs in addition to collaborating with other studios on projects like Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (Crystal Dynamics) and Halo: The Master Chief Collection (343 Industries).[3]

The studio consists of former members of EA Black Box, Rockstar Vancouver, Radical Entertainment and Volition, Inc., all of which made video games with an open-world setting.

History[edit]

United Front Games was founded in 2007. Its first official title ModNation Racers, a "User-Generated Content" kart racing game, began production in 2008 and was released on May 21, 2010 in some countries and on May 25, 2010 in the US.

On August 14, 2012, they released Sleeping Dogs (previously known as True Crime: Hong Kong). While it is widely believed that Sleeping Dogs was originally a True Crime title, it in fact was built from the ground up as an original IP.[4] United Front Games also made LittleBigPlanet Karting with help from the series creators Media Molecule.

United Front Games also worked on the Xbox One version of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition.[5]

Recently completed was a next-gen release of Sleeping Dogs for the PS4 and Xbox One called Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition, which was released on October 14, 2014.[6] On September 23, 2014, United Front Games announced Triad Wars. Originally targeted for an early 2015 release on PC, Triad Wars is an online open-world adventure game set in Sleeping Dogs' Hong Kong universe.[7] However, in December 2015 United Front announced the January 2016 closure of the Triad Wars open beta, and as of the closure have not denied that the project is completely cancelled.[8]

In collaboration with 343 Industries, United Front Games built the unified frontend that ties together the four Halo video games within Halo: The Master Chief Collection,[3] which is available November 11, 2014.

Games Developed[edit]

Year Title Platform(s)
PS3 PS4 Win OS X X360 XOne OnLive WiiU
2010 ModNation Racers Yes No No No No No No No
2012 Sleeping Dogs Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
2012 LittleBigPlanet Karting Yes No No No No No No No
2014 Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition No No No No No Yes No No
2014 Halo: The Master Chief Collection No No No No No Yes No No
2016 Disney Infinity 3.0 - Marvel Battlegrounds Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes
TBA Smash + Grab No No Yes No No No No No
Cancelled Triad Wars No No Yes No No No No No

References[edit]

  1. ^ Usher, William (2009-12-14). "True Crime Prepping To Redefine Open-World Action In Fall 2010". Cinema Blend. Retrieved 2012-08-31. 
  2. ^ "United Front Games Official Website". Retrieved 2012-08-31. 
  3. ^ a b "UFG/Microsoft: Halo: The Master Chief Collection". Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Reilly, Luke. "Sleeping Dogs Never Intended to be a True Crime Game". IGN. 
  5. ^ "Tomb Raider Definitive Edition Announced". Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  6. ^ McWhertor, Michael (2014-08-06). "Sleeping Dogs coming to PS4, Xbox One this October". Polygon. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  7. ^ Martin, Michael (2014-09-23). "UNITED FRONT GAMES OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCES TRIAD WARS FOR PC". IGN. Retrieved 2014-09-23. 
  8. ^ https://twitter.com/TriadWars/status/679753635018883073.  Missing or empty |title= (help)