Yager Development

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Yager Development GmbH
IndustryVideo games
Founded1999; 21 years ago (1999)
  • Uwe Bennecke
  • Roman Golka
  • Philipp Schellbach
  • Timo Ullmann
  • Mathias Wiese
Key people
Timo Ullmann (managing director)
Number of employees
110 (2020)

Yager Development GmbH is a German video game developer based in Berlin.

Yager was founded in 1999 by Uwe Bennecke, Roman Golka, Philipp Schellbach, Timo Ullmann and Mathias Wiese.[1][2] They are best known for developing Yager (2003) and Spec Ops: The Line (2012). The studio also worked with Deep Silver on Dead Island 2, until Deep Silver cut ties with Yager in July 2015, three years into the game's development.[3] Subsequently, Yager Productions GmbH, the Yager Development sub-studio set up for the development of Dead Island 2, filed for insolvency later that month.[4] The studio is working on and has released The Cycle as an early access game on the Epic Games Store, which is described as a “competitive quest game”.[5][6] As of January 2020, the company employs 110 people.[7]

The company received an investment from Tencent Holdings in February 2020, giving Tencent a minority ownership. According to Yager, Tencent's investment was to help with their development and publication of their current and future games.[8]

Games developed[edit]

Year Title Platform(s) Publisher(s)
2003 Yager Microsoft Windows, Xbox DreamCatcher Interactive, Kemco, THQ
2012 Spec Ops: The Line Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 2K Games
2017 Dreadnought Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 Grey Box
2019 (early access) The Cycle Microsoft Windows Yager Development


  1. ^ Lindemann, Thomas (22 December 2012). "Porträt der Berliner Games-Entwickler von "Yager Design"". Das Games-Feuilleton (in German).
  2. ^ Gießler, Denis (21 November 2018). "Video Games In East Germany: The Stasi Played Along". Die Zeit.
  3. ^ Futter, Mike (14 July 2015). "[Update] Deep Silver Drops Yager As Developer Of Dead Island 2, Yager Offers Comment". Game Informer.
  4. ^ Hurley, Leon (29 July 2015). "Yager's fine. It's just the Dead Island 2 bit that's shut down". GamesRadar+.
  5. ^ Senior, Tom (20 March 2019). "The Cycle is a 'competitive quester' coming from Spec Ops studio Yager". PC Gamer.
  6. ^ Dornbush, Jonathon (19 August 2019). "Yager's The Cycle Now Out in Early Access on Epic Games Store". IGN.
  7. ^ Fröhlich, Petra (10 January 2020). "Die größten Spiele-Entwickler in Deutschland 2020" [The largest game developers in Germany 2020]. GamesWirtschaft (in German).
  8. ^ Ivan, Tom (10 February 2020). "Tencent invests in Spec Ops: The Line studio Yager". Video Games Chronicle. Retrieved 10 February 2020.

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