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Traveller's Tales is a British software house found in 1989 and fully established in 1990 and based in Knutsford,

Travellers Tales
Type

subsidiary of the TT Gamesgroup

Industry Video Game Industry
Founded 1989 (foundation)

1990 (Fully Established)

Headquarters Knutsford, Cheshire, England
Key people

Jon Burton

Jonathen Smith

Products Video games
Parent independent company (1989-November 8, 2007)

Time Warner (November 8, 2007–present)

Website TT Games

Cheshire.

It is part of the TT Games group—after the merger of publisher Giant Interactive and the developer Traveller's Tales—along with TT Games Publishing. Although, in its early years, the software house developed various games based on original contents, since 1999 it mainly focused on the development of tie-ins based on movies, TV shows and television series.

HistoryEdit

Travtales

Original Logo

Traveller's Tales started developing games with Psygnosis, which they were most notable for creating 3D effects, possibly in order to add minor realism. Their first game was Leander, also known as The Legend of Galahad. With Psygnosis they also did a video game adaption of Bram Stoker's Dracula, as well as other original productions like Puggsy. And thanks to an agreement between Psygnosis / Sony Imagesoft (because of Sony already owning Psygnosis at that time) and Disney, Traveller's Tales could produce several games based on Disney's properties, such as the original Mickey Mouse game Mickey Mania and other games based on Pixar movies like Toy Story, Toy Story 2 and Finding Nemo (the latter two thanks to agreements with Activision and THQ).

However, Traveller's Tales was best known in the 90s for their second-party collaboration with Sega to develop games based on the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, resulting in Sonic 3D and Sonic R, which were produced in close effort with Sega's Sonic Team. Both games were regarded as technical achievements in the Mega Drive (Sonic 3D) and the Sega Saturn (Sonic R), ensuring them in a high-tech development status they already had with games like Puggsy, Mickey Mania and Toy Story.

In the most recent years, they are renowned because of the hugely successful Lego Star Wars: The Video Game. Their recent work includes the popular franchise Crash Bandicoot, The Chronicles of Narnia, Super Monkey Ball Adventure, Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, and WRC and F1 for the PSP. They have sold over 60 million games to date, and have won two BAFTAs; one for Gameplay with Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, and one for Children's Videogame of the Year for Lego Batman: The Video Game.

The company was purchased by Warner Bros. at the end of November 8, 2007, but will continue to operate, with the development of Lego Batman: The Video Game, which came out in September 2008. One of their most recent releases is Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4.[1][2] while Lord of the Rings has been rumored.[3]

The company was originally located in a small office in Southport, England, but later moved to larger offices in Knutsford, in Cheshire.

TitlesEdit

Name[1] Year[2] Publisher[3]
Leander 1991 Psygnosis
Bram Stoker's Dracula 1993 Psygnosis/Sony Imagesoft
Puggsy 1993 Psygnosis
Mickey Mania 1994 Psygnosis/Sony Imagesoft
Disney's Toy Story 1995 Psygnosis/Disney Interactive/Pixar
Sonic 3D 1996 SEGA
Sonic R 1997 SEGA
Rascal 1998 SCEI
Disney/Pixar's A Bug's Life 1998 Disney Interactive/Pixar
Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue 1999 Activision/Disney Interactive
Muppet RaceMania 2000 Midway
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command 2000 Activision/Disney Interactive/Pixar
Toy Story Racer 2001 Activision/Disney Interactive/Pixar
Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex 2001 Universal Interactive Studios
Haven: Call of the King 2002 Midway
Disney/Pixar's Finding Nemo 2003 THQ/Disney Interactive/Pixar
Crash Twinsanity 2004 Vivendi Universal Games
Lego Star Wars: The Video Game 2005 Lucasarts
WRC (PSP version) 2005 SCEI
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 2005 Buena Vista Games
F1 Grand Prix 2005 SCEI
Super Monkey Ball Adventure 2006 SEGA
Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy 2006 Lucasarts
Bionicle Heroes 2006 Eidos Interactive
Transformers: The Game 2007 Activision
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga 2007 Lucasarts
Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures 2008 Lucasarts
Lego Batman: The Video Game 2008 Warner Bros./DC Comics
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian 2008 Disney Interactive Studios
Guinness World Records: The Video Game 2008 Warner Bros.
Lego Battles 2009 Warner Bros.
Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues 2009 Lucasarts
Lego Rock Band 2009 Warner Bros./Electronic Arts
Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 2010 Warner Bros.
The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest 2010 Warner Bros.
Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars 2011 Lucasarts
Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game 2011 Disney Interactive

[edit] ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/987/987872p1.html
  2. ^ http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/warner-confirms-lego-harry-potter_9
  3. ^ Ben Fritz (2009-03-12). "Lord of the Rings game rights now at Warner Bros.". Variety. http://weblogs.variety.com/the_cut_scene/2009/03/lord-of-the-rings-ga.html. Retrieved 2009-03-14.

[edit] External linksEdit

Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traveller%27s_Tales"

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