Pandemic Studios


Pandemic Studios

Infobox_Company
company_name = Pandemic Studios
company_
company_type = Private (Subsidiary of Electronic Arts)
company_slogan = N/A
foundation = Santa Monica, California (1998)
location = Los Angeles, California Brisbane, Australia
key_people = Andrew Goldman, CEO Josh Resnick, President
industry = Software & Programming
products = "Full Spectrum Warrior"
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"Destroy All Humans! series"
""
(See complete products listing)
homepage = [http://www.pandemicstudios.com/ www.pandemicstudios.com]

Pandemic Studios is a video game developer with offices in Los Angeles, California and Brisbane, Australia. The studio is notable for featuring fully-destructible environments in its games. Recent titles include "Full Spectrum Warrior", ', "Destroy All Humans! 2" and '.

History

The company's president is Josh Resnick and its CEO is Andrew Goldman — both formerly worked at Activision, and Pandemic was founded with an equity investment by Activision in 1998. Pandemic's first two games, "" and "Dark Reign 2", were both sequels to Activision games.

In 2000, Pandemic opened a satellite studio in the Brisbane suburb of Fortitude Valley. The first project was "Army Men RTS", a console RTS game using the "Dark Reign 2" engine. This studio would later develop "Destroy All Humans!".

In 2003, the Los Angeles studio moved from its founding location at Santa Monica to a high-rise building in Westwood.

In November 2005, it was announced that Pandemic and BioWare would be joining forces, with private equity fund Elevation Partners investing in the partnership. However, both companies will retain their brands and identities [" [http://tgnforums.stardock.com/?ForumID=141&AID=91131 Bioware & Pandemic Merge] " - TotalGaming.net news, 3 November, 2005] .

On October 11, 2007, it was announced that VG Holding Corp, the owners of Bioware and Pandemic Studios, will be acquired by Electronic Arts as of January 2008, subject to FTC approval. [" [http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20071011006083&newsLang=en EA To Acquire BioWare Corp. and Pandemic Studios] "]

In July 2008 rumors began to spread that Lucas Arts had struck a deal with Free Radical Design to develop Star Wars Battlefront III which would leave Pandemic out of the series. Niether Lucas Arts nor Free Radical Design have commented on this development. [" [http://ps3.ign.com/articles/887/887608p1.html Tip: Free Radical Brings Star Wars to PS3] " - IGN news, 9 July, 2008] .

Teams

There are currently several development teams inside Pandemic:
* Full Spectrum Warrior team, responsible for the original game as well as its sequel, "".
* Star Wars team, who developed the "" series, and who are now working on .
* team, has recently finished production on , which was released on August 31st, published by EA Games.
* Project B, Q, Z teams, currently working on several unannounced projects and the recently announced "Saboteur", a game chronicling the adventures of a French resistance fighter during WWII.
* The Brisbane Team, which is currently working on project B [ [http://www.pandemicstudios.com/proj_x.php Secret Projects] ] . Pandemic Studios is not producing Destroy All Humans! 3.

Games developed

*"Battlezone II" (1999)
*"Dark Reign 2" (2000)
*"Triple Play 2002" (2002)
*"Army Men RTS" (2002)
*"" (2002)
*"Full Spectrum Warrior" (2004)
*"" (2004)
*"" (2005)
*"" (2005)
*"Destroy All Humans!" (2005)
*"Destroy All Humans! 2" (2006)
*"" (2008)

Games planned

*"" (2008)
*"Saboteur" (TBA)
* Three projects simply entitled Projects B, Q, and Z. [ [http://www.pandemicstudios.com/proj_x.php Secret Projects] ]

References

External links

* [http://www.pandemicstudios.com/ Official website]


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