Universal Interactive

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Universal Interactive
Division
Industry Video game industry
Fate Dissolved
Founded January 4, 1994; 24 years ago (1994-01-04)
Founders
  • Skip Paul
  • Robert Biniaz
Defunct 2006 (2006)
Headquarters Universal City, California, U.S.
Area served
North America
Parent

Universal Interactive (formerly Universal Interactive Studios) was an American video game publisher. The foundation of Universal Interactive Studios was announced by MCA Inc. on January 4, 1994.[1] Leading key personnel for the foundation were Skip Paul and Robert Biniaz.[2] The company's first product was Jurassic Park Interactive, which was previously announced in 1993 and released on May 10, 1994, to mixed reception.[3][4] Universal Interactive Studios had their biggest success with Crash Bandicoot in 1996.[5] When Universal Studios merged with Vivendi in July 2000,[6] Universal Interactive Studios was re-organized under Vivendi's Havas Interactive (later Vivendi Games) division as Universal Interactive.[7] Vivendi Universal announced on March 3, 2006, that it would divest itself of the "Universal" name.[8]

Games published[edit]

Year Title System Developer Publisher
1994 Jurassic Park Interactive 3DO Interactive Multiplayer Studio 3DO Universal Interactive Studios
Way of the Warrior Naughty Dog
1996 Crash Bandicoot PlayStation Sony Computer Entertainment
Disruptor Insomniac Games Universal Interactive Studios (North America)
Interplay Productions (EU/JP)
1997 Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back Naughty Dog Sony Computer Entertainment
1998 Spyro the Dragon Insomniac Games
Running Wild Blue Shift 989 Studios (NA)
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (EU)
Crash Bandicoot: Warped Naughty Dog Sony Computer Entertainment
1999 Xena: Warrior Princess Universal Studios Digital Arts Electronic Arts
Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage! Insomniac Games Sony Computer Entertainment
Crash Team Racing Naughty Dog
2000 Spyro: Year of the Dragon Insomniac Games
The Grinch PlayStation, Windows, Dreamcast, Game Boy Color Artificial Mind and Movement Konami
Crash Bash PlayStation Eurocom Entertainment Software Sony Computer Entertainment
The Mummy PlayStation, Windows, Game Boy Color Rebellion Developments Konami
Woody Woodpecker Racing Syrox Developments
2001 The Mummy Returns PlayStation 2 Blitz Games Universal Interactive Studios
Spyro: Season of Ice Game Boy Advance Digital Eclipse
Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex PlayStation 2 Traveller's Tales
2002 Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure Game Boy Advance Vicarious Visions Universal Interactive
Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex Nintendo GameCube, Xbox Eurocom Entertainment Software, Traveller's Tales
Bruce Lee: Quest of the Dragon Xbox Ronin Entertainment
4x4 EVO 2 Nintendo GameCube Terminal Reality
The Scorpion King: Rise of the Akkadian PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube Point of View, Inc.
Spyro 2: Season of Flame Game Boy Advance Digital Eclipse
Monster Force
Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube Check Six Games, Equinoxe Digital Entertainment
2003 Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced Game Boy Advance Vicarious Visions
Bruce Lee: Return of the Legend
Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis PlayStation 2, Xbox, Windows Blue Tongue Entertainment
Hulk PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, Xbox, Windows Radical Entertainment
The Incredible Hulk Game Boy Advance
Spyro: Attack of the Rhynocs Digital Eclipse
Crash Nitro Kart PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, Xbox, Game Boy Advance Vicarious Visions
Battlestar Galactica PlayStation 2, Xbox Warthog Games

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marx, Andy (January 5, 1994). "MCA gets into interactive". variety.com. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  2. ^ HARMON, AMY (January 5, 1994). "MCA Branching Out to Video Game Publishing". Retrieved July 20, 2018 – via LA Times.
  3. ^ "Jurassic Park Underactive". wired.com. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  4. ^ "Jurassic Park Interactive". ew.com. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  5. ^ Ahmed, Shahed (September 22, 2000). "Q&A: Universal Interactive Studios". gamespot.com. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  6. ^ Teather, David (June 19, 2000). "Vivendi seals merger". the Guardian. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  7. ^ "Buy Low, Sell High: Vivendi's History in Video Games". Kotaku UK. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  8. ^ "Vivendi Universal to shorten company name". gamesindustry.biz. Retrieved July 20, 2018.