Monolith Productions

Monolith Productions is an American video game developer based in Kirkland, Washington. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment acquired Monolith Productions in August 2004.[3]

Monolith Productions, Inc.
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryVideo games
FoundedOctober 25, 1994; 26 years ago (1994-10-25)[1]
Founders
  • Brian Goble
  • Brian Waite
  • Bryan Bouwman
  • Garrett Price
  • Jace Hall
  • Paul Renault
  • Toby Gladwell
HeadquartersKirkland, Washington, United States
Number of employees
100+ (2004)[2]
ParentWarner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Websitelith.com

HistoryEdit

Monolith Productions was founded in October 15, 1994 by Brian Goble, Brian Waite, Bryan Bouwman, Garrett Price, Jace Hall, Paul Renault, and Toby Gladwell.[4]

Co-founder Brian Goble had this to say regarding the company name.

At the time we formed the company, DOS was still the OS of choice for games. Because of this, we knew we had to come up with a name that was 8 characters or less (for 8.3 filenames). We had been researching story and technology ideas for our demo CD and we were watching a lot of movies. "Monolith" came up, was semi mysterious, wasn't taken, and was 8 characters. Perfect.[4]

The company is best known for the Blood, No One Lives Forever and F.E.A.R series. Monolith developed the LithTech game engine which was used for most of their games starting with Shogo: Mobile Armor Division in September 1998. Between 1997 and 1999, Monolith also published games–some developed by the studio, some by third parties.

In 2004, Monolith Productions was acquired by Warner Bros.[3]

In 2014, they released Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and a sequel in 2017, Middle-earth: Shadow of War.

Video gamesEdit

DevelopedEdit

Year Title Platform(s)
Amiga DOS GBA Lin Mac PS2 PS3 PS4 Win Xbox XB360 XBO
1997 Blood No Yes No No No No No No Yes No No No
Claw No No No No No No No No Yes No No No
1998 Get Medieval No No No No No No No No Yes No No No
Shogo: Mobile Armor Division Yes No No Yes Yes No No No Yes No No No
Blood II: The Chosen No No No No No No No No Yes No No No
1999 Gruntz No No No No No No No No Yes No No No
TNN Outdoors Pro Hunter 2 No No No No No No No No Yes No No No
2000 Sanity: Aiken's Artifact No No No No No No No No Yes No No No
The Operative: No One Lives Forever No No No No Yes Yes No No Yes No No No
2001 Tex Atomic's Big Bot Battles No No No No No No No No Yes No No No
Aliens Versus Predator 2 No No No No Yes No No No Yes No No No
2002 No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way No No No No Yes No No No Yes No No No
2003 Tron 2.0 No No Yes No Yes No No No Yes Yes No No
Contract J.A.C.K. No No No No No No No No Yes No No No
2005 The Matrix Online No No No No No No No No Yes No No No
F.E.A.R. No No No No No No Yes No Yes No Yes No
Condemned: Criminal Origins No No No No No No No No Yes No Yes No
2008 Condemned 2: Bloodshot No No No No No No Yes No No No Yes No
2009 F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin No No No No No No Yes No Yes No Yes No
2012 Gotham City Impostors No No No No No No Yes No Yes No Yes No
Guardians of Middle-earth No No No No No No Yes No Yes No Yes No
2014 Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor No No No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
2017 Middle-earth: Shadow of War No No No No No No No Yes Yes No No Yes


PublishedEdit

Year Title Platform(s)
Amiga DOS Lin Mac Win
1994 Maabus[A] No Yes No No No
1998 Rage of Mages[A] No No No No Yes
1999 Rage of Mages II: Necromancer[A] No No No No Yes
Septerra Core: Legacy of the Creator[A] No No No No Yes
Gorky 17[A] Yes No Yes Yes Yes


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ @MonolithDev (October 2, 2019). "October 25th is Monolith's 25th Anniversary. Twenty. Five. Years. In the business. And we've got a lot of fun stuff planned this month to celebrate. Stay tuned here for a big ol' look back at a long history of #gamedev" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Fahey, Rob (January 16, 2004). "Monolith Productions appoints new CEO". gamesindustry.biz. Retrieved October 27, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Thorsen, Tor (August 12, 2004). "Warner Bros. buys Monolith Productions". GameSpot. Archived from the original on January 12, 2006. Retrieved October 27, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Keefer, John (March 31, 2006). "GameSpy Retro: Developer Origins, Page 12 of 19". GameSpy. Archived from the original on June 9, 2007.

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