Human Head Studios

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Human Head Studios, Inc.
Private
IndustryVideo game industry
FoundedOctober 1997; 22 years ago (1997-10)
Headquarters,
Key people
Chris Rhinehart
Paul MacArthur
Ben Gokey
Ted Halsted
Jim Sumwalt
Shane Gurno
Websitehumanhead.com

Human Head Studios, Inc. is an American video game developer located in Madison, Wisconsin.

History[edit]

Human Head Studios was founded in October 1997 by a group of six developers formerly from Raven Software: Ben Gokey, Chris Rhinehart, Paul MacArthur, Ted Halsted, James Sumwalt, and Shane Gurno—later joined by game producer Tim Gerritsen as co-owner in June 1998. Regarding the origin of the studio's name, Gerritsen explained: "When the guys were thinking of leaving Raven Software, someone posted a message via e-mail that they had lost some money. This started people saying they had lost all sorts of things. One person posted that they had misplaced a bag of human heads and this gave the inspiration for the name."[1] Their first game was Rune, a third-person Viking action game. The company also worked on the long-anticipated first-person shooter Prey, a game that was executive produced by 3D Realms.

On April 20, 2007, a news report indicated that the company's headquarters were partially destroyed in a fire.[2] No injuries were reported. On October 1, 2007, the company moved back into their newly renovated offices. In 2014, Human Head announced that they have revived a multiplayer video game called Minimum from TimeGate Studios, which filed for bankruptcy in 2013.[3] Their most recent major release is The Quiet Man, an action-adventure beat-em-up published by Square Enix which features full-motion video cutscenes.

Games developed[edit]

Year Title Publisher(s) Platform(s)
2000 Blair Witch Volume II: The Legend of Coffin Rock Gathering of Developers Microsoft Windows
2000 Rune Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux
2001 Rune: Halls of Valhalla Microsoft Windows
2001 Rune: Viking Warlord Take-Two Interactive PlayStation 2
2004 Dead Man's Hand Atari, SA Xbox, Microsoft Windows
2006 Prey 2K Games Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, macOS, Linux
2011 Brink[4] Bethesda Softworks Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
2012 Fort Courage Human Head Studios iOS
2013 BioShock Infinite[4] 2K Games Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
2013 Defiance[4] Trion Worlds
2013 Batman: Arkham Origins Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Wii U[5]
2014 Minimum Atari, SA Microsoft Windows
2015 Lost Within[6] Amazon Game Studios iOS, Android
2015 Dungeon Defenders II Trendy Entertainment PlayStation 4[7]
2018 The Quiet Man[8] Square Enix Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4
2018 Survived By Digital Extremes Microsoft Windows
2019 Rune 2 Epic Games Microsoft Windows

Cancelled[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Keefer, John (March 31, 2006). "GameSpy Retro: Developer Origins, Page 7 of 19". GameSpy. Archived from the original on June 9, 2007.
  2. ^ "Massive Fire Destroys East Side Building". Channel3000. April 20, 2007. Archived from the original on February 5, 2012. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  3. ^ Chalk, Andy (April 10, 2014). "Ex-Prey 2 Studio Takes Over TimeGate's Minimum". The Escapist. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c R. Conklin, Aaron (July 24, 2014). "Inside the minds of Human Head Studios". Isthmus. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
  5. ^ "Human Head Studios worked on Batman: Arkham Origins for Wii U". Nintendo Everything. October 25, 2013. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  6. ^ Phillips, Tom (March 3, 2015). "Prey developer Human Head announces survival horror Lost Within". Eurogamer. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  7. ^ Crecente, Brian (June 11, 2015). "Dungeon Defenders 2 coming to PS4 this year with help from Prey developer". Polygon. Retrieved June 11, 2015.
  8. ^ Minotti, Mike (June 11, 2018). "The Quiet Man may be Square Enix's first deaf hero". VentureBeat. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  9. ^ Pitcher, Jenna (October 30, 2014). "Bethesda officially confirms Prey 2 cancellation". IGN. Retrieved April 7, 2015.

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