Krome Studios Pty Ltd.
IndustryVideo games
Founded1999[1]
Headquarters,
Key people
Robert Walsh (chief executive officer, co-founder)
Steve Stamatiadis (creative director, co-founder)
Lindsay Parmenter (head of development)
Number of employees
350 (2009)[2]
Websitewww.kromestudios.com

Krome Studios Pty Ltd. is an Australian video game company. Its headquarters were in Brisbane and it previously had offices in Adelaide and Melbourne (Krome Studios Melbourne).[citation needed] Krome Studios is best known for their Ty the Tasmanian Tiger games and for their reboot of the Spyro the Dragon series. Krome has created games for the Xbox, GameCube, Wii, Game Boy Advance, Dreamcast, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Macintosh and PC. Krome has also developed for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PlayStation Portable, Windows Phone 7 and iOS.

History

The company was founded in 1999 by Robert Walsh, who is the current CEO, Steve Stamatiadis, the creative director and John Passfield, the design director who left the company in 2005.

In 2007, Krome Studios places on the Develop 100 List at #94 being the only Australian game development studio to make the list this year after releasing The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning the year before (2006). Three years later in 2010, Krome Studios was awarded the number 52 spot. Also in this year Krome Studios entered into a technology sharing agreement with Emergent Game Technologies.[3]

On 18 August 2010, it was reported that Krome had closed down their Adelaide studios and made significant staff cuts to their Melbourne and Brisbane offices, with as many as 100 staff let go. On 18 October 2010, it was reported that all remaining staff were let go;[4][5] however, on 1 November CEO Robert Walsh responded to an email sent by IGN stating that Krome Studios had not closed down.[6]

In July 2012, Krome Studios re-opened their website which remained dormant since their fall in 2010, announcing that Ty the Tasmanian Tiger would return. Since then Krome have developed two games based on Ty the Tasmanian Tiger for iOS and PC.[7] They have also developed several other titles for iOS, including Play Maker and Whole Wide World (for the child learning company, Fingerprint) and Toy Soldiers: Boot Camp, on Windows Phone 7.

In March 2016, Krome Studios re-released an PC remastered port of Ty the Tasmanian Tiger on Steam Early Access for the PC only, with increased resolution textures, and new lighting, shadow and reflection effects,[8] which left early access that December. They would go on to do the same thing with Bush Rescue and Night of the Quinkan in each following year respectively.

Games developed by Krome Studios

Windows

Consoles

Mobile and web

References

  1. ^ "Krome Studios in Development of Next Installment of Best Selling TY the Tasmanian Tiger Series". Business Wire. Berkshire Hathaway. 7 March 2005. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  2. ^ Lozzica (25 February 2009). "Oz Developer Watch: Krome Studios". GameSpot. Archived from the original on 17 September 2009. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Krome Studios in the Develop 100 list". 7 May 2010. Retrieved 9 June 2010.
  4. ^ "Krome Closes Down". ign.com. 17 October 2010. Retrieved 17 October 2010.
  5. ^ "Krome Studios to close doors on Monday, contractors will continue work". tsumea.com. 15 October 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
  6. ^ "Krome Studios: Things Fall Apart". ign.com. 7 November 2010. Retrieved 12 July 2011.
  7. ^ "Krome Studios is back, and so is TY". Tsumea. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Ty The Tasmian Tiger on Early Access". gameinformer.com. 10 February 2016.
  9. ^ "Star Wars The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes Comes to the Rescue This September". LucasArts. 11 May 2009. Retrieved 19 May 2009.
  10. ^ "Krome Studios". Krome Studios. Retrieved 27 June 2014.