Treyarch Corporation
FormerlyTreyarch Invention LLC (1996–2001)
Company typeSubsidiary
IndustryVideo games
Founded1996; 28 years ago (1996)
Founders
  • Peter Akemann
  • Doğan Köslü
Headquarters,
US
Key people
  • Mark Lamia (chairman)
  • Corky Lehmkuhl (creative director)
  • Craig Houston (senior lead writer)
  • Brian Tuey (audio director and composer)
ProductsCall of Duty series (2005–present)
Number of employees
200[1] (2010)
ParentActivision (2001–present)
Websitewww.treyarch.com

Treyarch Corporation (/ˈtrɑːrk/ TRAY-ark;[2] formerly Treyarch Invention LLC) is an American video game developer based in Santa Monica, California. Founded in 1996 by Peter Akemann and Doğan Köslü, it was acquired by Activision in 2001. The studio is known for its work for the Call of Duty series, which it develops alongside Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software.

History

Treyarch was founded in 1996 as Treyarch Inventions and was acquired by Activision in 2001. In 2005, Gray Matter Studios was merged into Treyarch.[3][4]

As part of the 2007 Leipzig Games Convention, Activision announced that Treyarch would be one of three developers behind their first James Bond-based game, 007: Quantum of Solace. The game was released on October 31, 2008, in Europe and November 4, 2008, in North America. Vicarious Visions developed the Nintendo DS version and Eurocom developed the PlayStation 2 version. Treyarch is a major developer in the Call of Duty series.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II held the record for the largest entertainment launch in history in any form of entertainment, breaking the record within 24 hours of its release until it was surpassed by Grand Theft Auto V.[5] Sales from the game worldwide reached US$650 million within five days after its release.[6] Treyarch worked on the Wii U version of Call of Duty: Ghosts, in order to optimize it for the console.[7]

Dan Bunting, who had been co-lead of Treyarch since around 2003, was named in an investigative report by The Wall Street Journal related to the lawsuit filed against Activision Blizzard by the state of California over workplace misconduct and discrimination. Bunting had reportedly mistreated an employee in 2017, but was kept on by Activision Blizzard's CEO, Bobby Kotick. After The Wall Street Journal began their investigation, Bunting was let go.[8]

On August 18, 2023, studio design director David Vonderhaar announced he would be leaving the studio after 18 years.[9][10]

Games developed

Year Game Platform(s) Note(s)
1998 Olympic Hockey '98 Nintendo 64
Die by the Sword Microsoft Windows
Die by the Sword: Limb from Limb
1999 Triple Play 2000 Nintendo 64[11]
2000 Draconus: Cult of the Wyrm Dreamcast
Triple Play 2001 PlayStation
Max Steel: Covert Missions Dreamcast
2001 Triple Play Baseball Microsoft Windows, PlayStation, PlayStation 2
2002 NHL 2K2 Dreamcast
Spider-Man GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox
Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer
NHL 2K3
Minority Report: Everybody Runs
2004 Spider-Man 2
2005 Ultimate Spider-Man
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One
2006 Call of Duty 3 PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox, Xbox 360
2007 Spider-Man 3 PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, macOS, OS X
2008 Spider-Man: Web of Shadows Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360
007: Quantum of Solace
Call of Duty: World at War Wii version co-developed by Exakt Entertainment
2010 Call of Duty: Black Ops Assisted by FXVille, Nerve Software, Pi Studios, Raven Software and Certain Affinity
2012 Call of Duty: Black Ops II Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Xbox 360
2015 Call of Duty: Black Ops III Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One[12] Assisted by Raven Software
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Assisted by Beenox and Raven Software
2020 Call of Duty: Warzone Co-developed with Infinity Ward & Raven Software
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S Co-developed with Raven Software, assisted by High Moon Studios, Beenox, Activision Shanghai and Sledgehammer Games
2021 Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies and Ranked Play modes, assisted Sledgehammer Games
2022 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II Ranked Play mode, assisted Infinity Ward
Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 Ranked Play mode, assisted Infinity Ward and Raven Software
2023 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III Zombies and Ranked Play modes,[13] assisted Sledgehammer Games

Ports developed

Year Game Platform(s) Developer(s)
2000 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater Dreamcast Neversoft
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
2001 Spider-Man
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2x Xbox
2009 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Reflex Wii Infinity Ward
2011 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
2013 Call of Duty: Ghosts Wii U

References

  1. ^ Pham, Alex (November 9, 2010). "Call of Duty: Black Ops launches Tuesday; Will it measure up?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 31, 2022.
  2. ^ "Work at Treyarch: Production". YouTube. June 26, 2020. Retrieved October 2, 2022.
  3. ^ "Gray Matter Studios Games". IGN. Archived from the original on September 28, 2012. Retrieved May 20, 2016.
  4. ^ Peel, Jeremy (February 15, 2021). "How Treyarch escaped Infinity Ward's shadow". PC Gamer. Retrieved October 30, 2021.
  5. ^ The Associated Press (November 11, 2010). "CBC News – Technology & Science – Call of Duty breaks sales record". CBC. Retrieved November 16, 2010.
  6. ^ Staff Writer (November 18, 2010). "Call of Duty Black Ops Sales Hit $650M". socalTECH. Retrieved November 22, 2010.
  7. ^ McElroy, Griffin (July 25, 2013). "Call of Duty: Ghosts confirmed for Wii U launch on Nov. 5 (update)". Polygon. Retrieved July 30, 2013.
  8. ^ Grind, Kirsten; Fritz, Ben; Needleman, Sarah E. (November 16, 2021). "Activision CEO Bobby Kotick Knew for Years About Sexual-Misconduct Allegations at Videogame Giant". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved November 16, 2021.
  9. ^ "Legendary CoD developer David Vonderhaar quits Treyarch after 8 games". Dexerto. Retrieved August 18, 2023.
  10. ^ "David Vonderhaar on LinkedIn: Today I am sharing that I have left Activision and Treyarch after an… | 75 comments". www.linkedin.com. Retrieved August 18, 2023.
  11. ^ "EA SPORTS - Triple Play 2000". www.tripleplay2k.com. Archived from the original on April 14, 2001. Retrieved January 12, 2022.
  12. ^ Robinson, Martin (April 26, 2015). "Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 PC requirements revealed". Eurogamer. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
  13. ^ Treyarch Studios [@Treyarch] (August 16, 2023). "Modern Warfare 🤝 Zombies" (Tweet) – via Twitter.