Bluepoint Games Inc
TypePrivate
IndustryVideo games
Founded2006; 15 years ago (2006)
Founders
  • Andy O'Neil
  • Marco Thrush
Headquarters,
US
Key people
Marco Thrush (president)[1]
Products
Number of employees
90 (2020)
Websitebluepointgames.com

Bluepoint Games Inc is an American video game developer based in Austin, Texas. Founded in 2006 by Andy O'Neil and Marco Thrush, the studio is known for video game remasters and remakes, such as Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (2015), Shadow of the Colossus (2018), and Demon's Souls (2020).

History

Bluepoint Games was founded in 2006 by Andy O'Neil and Marco Thrush, two former Retro Studios employees who had worked on Metroid Prime. The studio's first game, Blast Factor, was released later that year.[2] In August 2009, Sony Computer Entertainment announced that remastered versions of God of War and God of War II would be coming to the PlayStation 3 as God of War Collection.[3] The ports were handled by Bluepoint and released on November 17, 2009, in North America.[3][4] The studio's remasters of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus as The Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection for the PlayStation 3 were released in September 2011.[5][6] Years later, in 2018, Bluepoint would remake Shadow of the Colossus for the PlayStation 4.[7] The studio also handled the remastered HD versions of Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance and Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence included in the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, which was released on November 8, 2011.[8][9]

Bluepoint collaborated with SuperBot Entertainment to develop PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale (2012), which was built on Bluepoint's proprietary engine.[10][11] Bluepoint also ported the game to the PlayStation Vita.[10] The studio collaborated with Santa Monica Studio to port Flower to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in 2013, as well as with Respawn Entertainment to develop the Xbox 360 version of Titanfall (2014).[12] After Titanfall, Bluepoint remastered the three PlayStation 3 releases of the Uncharted franchise to the PlayStation 4 as Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection,[13] as well as Gravity Rush Remastered, which was released in Japan at the end of 2015 and internationally in early 2016.[14][15]

O'Neil died in June 2019 aged 47.[16] By August 2019, Bluepoint had hired several other former Retro Studios staff.[17] Notable hires include designer Kynan Pearson in July 2013 and artist Elben Schafers in 2014.[2][18] In June 2020, Bluepoint was announced as developing a remake of Demon's Souls. The remake was released as a launch title for PlayStation 5 in November 2020 and received universal acclaim from critics.[19][20]

Games developed

Year Title Platform(s) Publisher(s) Ref(s).
2006 Blast Factor PlayStation 3 Sony Computer Entertainment [2]
2009 God of War Collection PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita [2]
2011 The Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection PlayStation 3 [2]
Metal Gear Solid HD Collection PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Konami [2]
2012 PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale (port) PlayStation Vita Sony Computer Entertainment [2]
2013 Flower (port) PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita [2]
2014 Titanfall (port) Xbox 360 Electronic Arts [2]
2015 Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection PlayStation 4 Sony Computer Entertainment [21]
Gravity Rush Remastered PlayStation 4 [22]
2018 Shadow of the Colossus PlayStation 4 Sony Interactive Entertainment [23]
2020 Demon's Souls PlayStation 5 [24]

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  5. ^ Shuman, Sid (September 15, 2010). "Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection hits PS3 Spring 2011 with 3D". PlayStation Blog. Sony Computer Entertainment. Archived from the original on June 7, 2017. Retrieved May 7, 2020.
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  19. ^ Gach, Ethan (June 11, 2020). "Demon's Souls Is Being Remade On PS5". Kotaku. Archived from the original on October 4, 2020. Retrieved June 11, 2020.
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