Human Head Studios
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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." 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. 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. 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.
|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||Bethesda Softworks||Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360|
|2012||Fort Courage||Human Head Studios||iOS|
|2013||BioShock Infinite||2K Games||Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360|
|2013||Batman: Arkham Origins||Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment||Wii U|
|2014||Minimum||Atari, SA||Microsoft Windows|
|2015||Lost Within||Amazon Game Studios||iOS, Android|
|2015||Dungeon Defenders II||Trendy Entertainment||PlayStation 4|
|2018||The Quiet Man||Square Enix||Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4|
|2018||Survived By||Digital Extremes||Microsoft Windows|
|2019||Rune 2||Epic Games||Microsoft Windows|
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