Irrational Games Joins Crave Entertainment's Expanding List of Developers; Crave to Work with the Creators Behind System Shock 2.Business/Entertainment Editors
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 16, 2000
Crave Entertainment Crave Entertainment is an American video game company. It was founded in 1997 by Nima Taghavi. Its headquarters is in Newport Beach, California. It is a division of Handleman Corporation, which acquired the company in 2005. announced today that they have entered into a worldwide publishing agreement with Irrational Games. A first look at Irrational's new title, that will be releasing on a next generation console in 2001, will be revealed behind closed doors at the Crave booth at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in May.
"Our alliance with Irrational Games reinforces Crave's commitment to partnering with extraordinary development studios," said Holly Newman, Executive Vice President of Publishing for Crave Entertainment. "We are looking forward to working with this stellar team on what is sure to be one of the most sought after games of 2001."
Irrational Games was founded in early 1997 with the intent of being a "design first" company dedicated to bringing the next generation of "deep" RPG (Report Program Generator) One of the first program generators designed for business reports, introduced in 1964 by IBM. In 1970, RPG II added enhancements that made it a mainstay programming language for business applications on IBM's System/3x midrange computers. and strategy games to its fans. Irrational's team members are made up of industry veterans who spearheaded the critically acclaimed game System Shock 2(TM). Some of the awards the title received include PC Game of the Year by USA Today USA Today
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System Shock 2 Lead Designer and Irrational founder and Creative Director, Ken Levine
Ken Levine is a founding member of, and lead designer at 2K Boston, formerly known as Irrational Games. He previously worked at Looking Glass Studios, which he joined in 1995. states, "Irrational is a unique kind of company that makes imaginative and innovative games. Crave is the ideal publishing partner for Irrational because we share a similar vision. We look forward to a great collaboration."
In addition to Ken, Irrational boasts such notable talent as Ian Vogel and Nate Wells who were both instrumental in the success of System Shock 2 and Thief: The Dark Project, as well as the gifted Jeff Dixon who programmed numerous titles for Looking Glass, EA and 3DO. Irrational prides itself in allowing its members to both explore new areas of game design and mine out classic concepts in an enthusiastic environment that fosters hard work and dedication to the company and its product.
About Irrational Games
Headquartered in Boston, MA, with offices in Sydney, Irrational games is a privately held developer of "deep" role playing role playing,
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About Crave Entertainment
Headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, with offices in Paris, London and Hamburg, Crave Entertainment is a privately held publisher of innovative videogame entertainment products for the major console platforms including Dreamcast, Nintendo 64, Game Boy Color The Game Boy Color (ゲームボーイカラー , the Sony PlayStation, and PC. More information about Crave Entertainment is available at www.cravegames.com.